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Are Your Clothes Causing Back Pain?

By Sara Butler

If you have low back pain on a regular basis, then there are several things that may be causing it. You probably wonder if certain activities you do, the way you sit, or even if the way you sleep is behind it, but there may be something you haven't considered: Your clothes. People don't often go to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic for fashion advice, but they should. That's because your clothing choices can have an influence on your back pain. Here's a little fashion advice from the chiropractors at The Joint you may want to take to heart for the good of your back!

Your Shoes

Perhaps one of the biggest fashion statements that chiropractors see influencing low back pain is footwear, specifically high-heeled shoes. That's because these shoes can impact how you stand, pushing your center of gravity forward, tilting your pelvis, and putting pressure on your spine and the structures that support it in the process. This can lead to back pain as well as knee and hip pain, shortening of the calf muscles, and even circulation issues.

If you simply can't get away with not wearing high-heels on some occasions, try to limit the amount of time you wear them or shoot for heels under two inches. The less time you can spend in shoes such as these, the better off your whole body will be!

Tight Pants and Skirts

When you wear tight, restrictive clothing such as skinny jeans and pencil skirts, they restrict movement and make it difficult for your joints in your knees and hips to move as they should. When you reduce your mobility, you're also reducing your ability to move correctly which can put undue stress and strain on the joints all over your body. Over time, this damage can cause chronic pain in your back due to issues with your spinal discs. So, do yourself a favor, choose clothing that gives your body the freedom to move as it was made to.

Accessory Overload

Sometimes when you're running around you simply can't go without your oversized handbag or messenger bag, but maybe you should for the sake of your spine!

When you carry around a large bag or backpack that is overloaded, you're putting pressure on your spinal discs. If you carry it on just one side, you're changing the way your body moves when you walk, which can also have an impact on the discs of your spine as well as other joints in your body. The fix is simple: Clean out your bag and take only things with you that you really need.

You don't have to dress like your chiropractor, but you should dress in a way that promotes optimal health and wellness! 

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

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