Tips to ease or avoid back pain
BELTSVILLE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Anthony Mazlish, CEO of Healthy Back provides tips to help those who
suffer from back pain as well as those who want to proactively avoid
back pain. Mazlish, who hurt his back jumping down from the back of a
truck while moving during college, started the company in 1994 when he
had trouble finding solutions to relieve his back pain. Now, he’s
providing tips for back pain sufferers as well as those who lead active
lifestyles and want to ensure that their backs stay healthy.
“For some people who are active and have never had back pain, it’s
difficult to realize the importance of proactively protecting their
spine,” Mazlish said. “Once you’re hurt and you can’t do the things you
love, you realize how important it is to be proactive.” While activity
can injure your spine, so can sitting at a desk for long hours or even
standing for long hours. Mazlish has tips to help with both:
Use foot stools
Grandma was right about having all of those footstools around the house!
“It may sound extremely simple but foot stools (under your desk too)
take a lot of pressure off of the spine,” said Mazlish. Elevating your
feet, even slightly will help to relieve stress on your lower back.
“If you’re sitting for long hours, be sure to get up and walk around
and, if you’re standing for long hours as people often do in retail, be
sure to take periodic breaks to sit,” advised Mazlish. Doing anything
sedentary for a long period of time will put pressure on your spine and
prohibit blood flow. Healthy Back sells electronic desks that will go
from a seated to a standing position so you can move around in an office
setting. The company also sells desk chairs that it carefully fits to
the person sitting in them. “It is critical to have a well-fitting
office chair,” said Mazlish.
Refrain from lifting anything heavy—including
If you do have to lift something, bend your knees and try not to put all
of the pressure on your spine and keep your back flat. “Lift gradually,”
Mazlish said, “so that you don’t suddenly force something and pull
muscles.” Parents lifting children should be careful too.
Support your back
“It’s important to support your back no matter where you’re sitting—in
the office, in a car, on a plane, etc.,” Mazlish stated. Healthy
Back has a variety of products including a great self-inflating
portable back rest known as PAL (portable air lumbar). Travel PAL fits
in a purse or pocket and then self-inflates when needed.
Check your posture
It’s easy while sitting to get into a slouched position. While it may
feel great at the time, you risk causing stress and fatigue on muscles
and vertebrae. Check your posture periodically and make sure you’re
sitting upright. If you’re driving, change your hand position on the
steering wheel occasionally and move your neck around. Also, make sure
your car seat is in the best possible position so that your knees are
Stretch your legs and your back as often as possible throughout the day.
Plane travelers should consider booking aisle seats where it is easier
to get up and move around regularly. When you take driving breaks or get
up while flying, try to extend your spine as straight and tall as
possible, move your neck around, do foot circles. Stretch your arms and
your spine. If you can, bend over and touch your toes. You should try to
stretch every 20-30 minutes while flying and at least every 45 minutes
to an hour when driving or during the day. When driving, get out of the
car and take a brisk walk and then stretch. If you work in an office
setting, get out at least once a day and take a brisk walk.
Healthy Back sells inversion tables and zero gravity chairs so you can
reverse the pressure on your spine and stretch it out. Inversion tables
allow you to lock in your feet and then flip the table upside down so
that you are upside down and your compressed spine can stretch out.
“Just 10-15 minutes a week on an inversion table will go a long way to
maintaining a healthy spine,” said Mazlish. Zero gravity chairs such as
Svago work equally well at minimizing spine pressure and allowing the
spine to stretch, and the Svago, with its innovative design is a great
addition to a home.
Carry hot and cold packs
If you do suffer from back pain, applying hot and cold packs will bring
relief. You can bring a plastic bag or ice bag with you to work or on a
plane and ask the flight attendant to fill it with ice or you can
purchase the latest cold packs that don’t require any refrigeration or
freezing. You can bring hot wraps that are activated when opened. For
long international flights, or extremely long drives, it’s smart to pack
these and have them readily available the minute your back begins to
Take advantage of massage
Many large airports, particularly in the U.S., have booths for seated
massage. This is a beneficial way to kill time between flights and
proactively ensure your back stays healthy. If you’re driving and your
destination hotel has a spa, you can also take advantage of easing sore
back muscles with massage therapy. For home, Healthy Back carries a
variety of massage chairs that provide the luxury of an in-house
masseuse. “If you suffer with back pain, a massage chair is a must,”
Mazlish stated. The chair wraps around you massaging your spine, hands
If you’re not suffering from back pain, exercise regularly. It will help
to strengthen your back, increase circulation and keep you healthy. If
you do have back pain, a physical therapist can provide exercises that
will strengthen your back without further injury.
Be cautious about jumping down
“Don’t do what I did,” cautions Mazlish who jumped down off of a truck
which led to his back pain. “If you need to get down from something,
carefully ease yourself off of it.” Jumping can lead to over exertion
and stress of the spine that can cause a major injury and/or chronic
Find a good mattress
Healthy Back carries a variety of top mattresses that are designed to
eliminate back pain and protect the spine. “Few people realize the
damage a bad mattress can have on your spine, your sleep and your
health,” said Mazlish.
For more information on inversion tables, lumbar support, footstools and
other items that will help your back stay healthy, visit www.healthyback.com.
About Healthy Back
Healthy Back was established in 1994 by CEO Anthony Mazlish after
seeking solutions for his own back pain and realizing that were limited
sources. The company, which opened its first store in Rockville, Md. in
1994, grew successfully over the years to become a national brand. Now
with 10 stores throughout the Washington, D.C. region; San Diego,
California and Lexington, Kentucky as well as robust e-commerce, the
company is nationally known for its many healthy back solutions and
products including the best selling Svago chair and a line of travel
products including the Travel PAL (portable air lumbar). For more
information, visit www.healthyback.com.
Vicki Bendure, 540-687-3360