How to end lower back pain – for web developers.
January 14, 2016
Coders can get lower back pain because:
- They sit all day.
- They don’t exercise.
- They don’t stretch.
How to end lower back pain:
First, do the opposite of what is listed above: don’t sit all day, take breaks, walk around, and do some hamstring stretches. Here’s the list of what to do to end lower back pain:
- Stand up and do light hamstring stretches many times a day. The tightening of the hamstrings puts pressure on the lower back. So it’s important that you keep the hams stretched.
- If you are generally in good shape and not overweight, you will have less pain overall. Get in shape.
- Strangely, I find drinking lots of water helps. Sometimes lower back pain can come from toxin build up. Water helps flush it. This though can take a month before you start feeling the effects.
- Stretching the calf muscles can help as well, since they can also be pulling on the hamstrings, which in turn pull on the wimpy lower back muscles. It’s all a chain of painful events.
- Short term relief can come with heat applied to the lower back. There are belts that can do that.
- Support belts: yes, you can buy lower back support belts at the drugstore. But you should be concentrating on healthy habits rather than belts and heat.
- Sit up straight … keep the spine straight.
- Get a good chair.
There are other things you can do, things like inversion tables and getting a handheld massager. But I find that regular daily stretching and being in reasonable shape, are the best long term solutions.
Hope that helps,