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Lifestyle Check: Is Yours Causing Poor Health?

By Genevieve Cunningham

It seems as though when we begin to suffer from some sort of poor health, we tend to blame it on outside influences. Sometimes, that’s absolutely true. You may not be able to do anything about catching a random germ, spraining an ankle, or getting into some sort of accident. But, sometimes the fault is our own. Take, for example, poor spinal health. When you’re suffering from back pain, it could be an outside influence, but it could also be some of your own choices that are leading to the discomfort. To examine your own habits, take a look at these three lifestyle choices that may be ruining the health of your back.

A Lack of Exercise

You may be thinking, but this isn’t a choice! I don’t have time for exercise. The truth is that most of us have a few minutes to spare every day. We might spend it playing on our phones, watching TV, or getting a drink. A lack of exercise can keep your back stiff, prone to injury. You don’t have to prepare for a marathon to gain the benefits of exercise. Even a simple 20 minutes a day might improve your back health as well as your overall health. Just make the choice, and make this a part of your lifestyle every day,

A Poor Diet

Most of us already know that this one is our own fault. Grabbing takeout is a lot easier and faster than preparing healthy meals in advance. But, why does this even matter for our backs? A poor diet may keep you from getting the nutrients that your body needs, which can then harm your overall health in general. It may also lead to excess weight, which can place extra pressure on the back, causing pain. To turn this choice around, look for professional advice and begin slowly. It might take a while, but the benefits will be more than worth it.

A Workaholic’s Mindset

If you’re spending hours and hours in the office, it could be causing pain and discomfort in your back. While working is a wonderful thing, it’s important to draw the line somewhere. When it’s time to clock out, do it! Don’t hang around for a few more hours. To help you feel better about leaving the office on time, be as productive and efficient as possible while you’re on the clock. A proper work-life balance is crucial for your back health, as well as your overall well-being.

Besides making these important lifestyle changes, you can also protect your back by getting to the chiropractor. Chiropractors can help find misalignments of the vertebrae of the spine, and then correct the "subluxation" using spinal manipulation. Because these problem areas cause pain and discomfort, regular trips to the clinic may help keep that pain far away. If you would like to try chiropractic care, visit with chiropractors at The Joint. You can use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing plan to get the care you need without the hassle. Protect your back and improve your lifestyle with these tips and a quick trip to The Joint as soon as today.

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