Have Back Pain? 4 Things You May Be Doing

By Virginia Laird

If you have ever struggled with back pain, you are not alone. Millions across the nation suffer with back pain on a daily basis. Chiropractors advise that much of the pain can be caused from simple daily activities. These same professionals have put together a list of things which can cause back pain that you may be guilty of doing, including:

  • Sleeping on an old mattress
  • Wearing worn out shoes
  • Carrying a heavy bag (or purse)
  • Wearing high heels

Sleeping on an Old Mattress

Research suggests that mattresses older than eight years can be harsh on the body. Chiropractors advise it to be best to replace mattresses which are much too old. As they age, the inner workings begin to deteriorate, which increase the chances of waking up with back pain. While many believe a mattress with lumps and sags is simply broken in, chiropractors would advise these to be broken down. Check out your mattress to see if it may be the culprit of your back pain.

Wearing Worn Out Shoes

Another reason for back pain can be wearing shoes which are worn out. Chiropractors suggest that tennis shoes much older than six months should be replaced. The cushion and support in shoes can wear out, which can cause pain while walking and lead to restriction of the spine.

Carrying a Heavy Bag (or Purse)

One of the worst habits to have is to carry heavy bags or purses. This is truly my weakness. On a regular basis, my purse weighs in the neighborhood of 10 pounds or more. Chiropractors suggest that carrying such loads can cause pressure on the spine which can lead to shifting and pain. Chiropractors advise it to be best to carry smaller bags and purses, where possible, to prevent the heavy loads.

Wearing High Heels

If you have a love for all things fashionable, you may also love high heels. Chiropractors suggest those who love these should strive to wear them no taller than two inches. Wearing heels which are too tall can alter the natural stride, putting stress on the spine which can lead to pain. If you have back pain, you may need to consider checking your high heel collection.

After checking all these things off your list, if you still struggle with back pain it may be best to visit your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With more than 400 locations nationwide you are sure to find one near you. There are no appointments necessary, making it easy to drop in on your way home from work or even during your lunch break.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chandler, Ariz.

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