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Back injuries do not occur to people at random in Renton WA and you are not just unlucky if you happen to experience one. While injuries from car accidents or falls are out of your hands, most back injuries are a result of poor maintenance of the body. This is actually good news because it means you are able to prevent back injuries altogether and prevent them from getting worse. Below are a couple of great tips from your Renton WA chiropractor at Hughes Chiropractic and Massage to prevent back injuries.


Lifting objects at work or at home has lasting effects on the health of your back. When lifting with proper form, which is when your spine is correctly aligned, there is no added pressure on your spine and your leg muscles do the lifting as they were designed. The proper form is to bend your knees and keep the back straight as you grab and lift anything off the ground.

If you are performing a process that requires a lot of lifting, try placing objects in locations not close to the ground so you do not need to bend far to grab them. The muscles in the back are not nearly as powerful as those in the legs, so when the back is used as a crane, extreme stress is put on the spine. Make sure to lift with your legs and if you want to turn, move your feet.


Keeping your back in mind when playing sports or performing activities is a good method for maintaining back health. This includes stretching before every physical activity, taking it slow, and taking breaks if you have a long task to do. Stretching during breaks is helpful as well.

Becoming physically fit protects the back as more muscle is developed around the spine to support it. Losing weight and strengthening muscles in the abdomen and back all are helpful. It is common for doctors to also recommend sleeping on a firm mattress that gives good support to the back.


If an injury occurs even while executing these tips do not hesitate to seek help from a Renton WA chiropractor. Back injuries like bulging discs, herniated discs, spinal misalignments, and others progressively get worse if not treated. Treatment will increase blood flow to the injured area, free pinched or compressed nerves, and have you on the right track to recovery.

If you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation, feel free to contact our team at Hughes Chiropractic and Massage in Renton WA today.

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  • "I absolutely love getting adjusted by Dr. Hughes!!! The relief I feel instantly afterwards is incredible! Dr. Hughes is so caring and thoughtful, I really appreciate her, and her ability to ease my back and neck pain. The staff is always so nice, helpful and welcoming! Also, Jeannie Anderst, is really great at massages, I appreciate her help and kindness."

    - Sharon R.
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    - Tim F.
  • "Dr. Hughes has helped me immensely with my pain and range of motion. I never though it would be possible to go about my day without some occurrence of neck or back pain and I’m happy to say that is not true!! I referred my sister and I would refer anyone else out there in need of a chiropractor!"

    - Annelise Z.
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