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Got Back Pain? 3 Habits to Change Now

By Virginia Laird

Many people struggle with back pain and have no idea what the cause may be. Most will try various doctors and remedies searching for an answer and a cure for the pain. Routine visits to the chiropractor can be one of the solutions that may help. However, the causes of the pain can be more difficult to identify. A person should first look at a few of his or her habits, including carrying a heavy purse, sleeping on an old mattress, and making no time to exercise.

Carrying a Heavy Purse

Carrying a heavy purse can be a prescription for back pain. Ladies typically carry the purse on one side of the body, which adds strain to the spine. The weight of the purse can cause the spine to shift, restricting function. Chiropractors recommend carrying smaller bags and purses in order to keep the load light. I know I typically carry far too much in my purse. At any given point my bag may have an extra pair of socks, a water bottle, a diaper and wipes, and sometimes even a coloring book or two. Clearly, a smaller purse could help me prevent the load from being so heavy.

Sleeping on an Old Mattress

Sleeping on an old mattress is one thing far too many people do. Chiropractors remind patients that while mattresses may seem to be broken in, they are actually broken down. Mattresses with sags and lumps have springs (or foam) that are no longer functioning properly. This is the most likely time a person will experience back pain. It is recommended to replace a mattress at least every eight years.

Making No Time to Exercise

Exercise can be a vital tool to releasing stress from the entire body, including the back. Chiropractors would recommend all people make some time for at least a brisk walk each day. Those who may already be suffering with back pain should consider hopping into a pool to get the workout in. This does not mean a person must swim laps; walking in the pool can be very beneficial.   

Making just a couple of these changes to your lifestyle may help decrease some of the pain. If you are interested in seeking help with your pain, go by The Joint Chiropractic in your neighborhood today. No appointment is necessary, making it easy to stop by on your way home from work.  

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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