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Bad Habits That Impact Your Spinal Health

By Sara Butler

Back pain interrupts the lives of millions of Americans every single year. Many people dismiss back pain and simply think it's a part of getting older, but the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want you to know that's not the case at all. While back pain may be common, it's not normal. If you're wondering why back pain is happening to you, then a few of these bad habits may be to blame.

Slouching

If you're inactive and find yourself slouching a lot, then that could be why you're experiencing back pain. People who work office jobs where they sit in front of a computer or at a desk all day often slouch and don't even realize they're doing it. Then, after holding that slouching position for hours at a time, their neck, back, and shoulders ache. Over time, wear and tear can cause serious damage to the structures that support your spine as well as the spine itself, so it's important to work on correcting your posture.

Try to be mindful of how you sit throughout the day. When you catch yourself slouching, stop it! Take a break at least once each hour to get up, stretch, and maybe walk to the water fountain. Doing this will help you break any unhealthy posture you've been sitting in.

Lifting Wrong

If you lift anything on a regular basis -- your cat, your kids, or objects at home or work, then you need to make sure you're doing it correctly. Lifting with your back can damage your muscle, tendons, and ligament -- perhaps even the spine itself -- that can lead to pain. Talk to your chiropractor about the proper lifting technique to ensure you're doing it right every time.

You Don't Go to the Chiropractor

A chiropractor is an important person in your life, especially if you want to avoid back pain. Chiropractic is one of the best natural and drug-free defenses you have against back pain. They help to treat joint dysfunction and restrictions before they become a problem and they can help you avoid future bouts of back and neck pain. Hooray for chiropractors!

If you suffer from back pain, then don't wait. Come into The Joint today for an evaluation to help you and your back get healthy. You don't have to live with back pain. Instead, do something to make your spinal health better!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Los Angeles, Calif.

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