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4 Tips to Prevent Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

There are many things can cause restriction of the spine, as well as back pain. Some are habits or choices a person makes that can impose such pain. It is important to consider making a few changes if you are guilty of the following, including wearing high heels, carrying a heavy purse, commuting daily, or sleeping on an old mattress.

You Wear High Heels

As a lady who loves the look and style of a high heel, I know firsthand the pain that can be caused by the frequent inclusion of these shoes in a wardrobe. For others like myself, the pain is usually worth the fashion statement. Chiropractors suggest that heels are one of the most damaging items a person can wear, as they can cause stress on the spine. It is recommended by chiropractors to wear shoes that do not impede the natural stride or stance.

You Carry a Heavy Purse

Heavy purses can add stress to the back. There is no way to ensure a purse is kept light, except to carry a smaller style. Chiropractors recommend smaller purses to avoid any damage or pain that can be caused by toting a heavy load.

You Commute Daily

Commutes can be hard on the back. Many of those who commute report having back pain at some point during the year. Chiropractors suggest those with a long commute to invest in an extra lumbar support device for the car. Another great thing the commuter may be recommended to do is to stretch lightly before and after the drive.

Your Mattress is Too Old

When a person’s mattress is too old, it can cause a great deal of back pain. It is recommended to replace a mattress every eight years. Chiropractors suggest to take a good look at the current mattress. If it has springs poking through or is sagging in various places it may be time to consider replacing it.

If you are suffering with back pain, take a good look at these areas in your life. If you wear heels daily, carry a heavy purse (or bag), commute daily or have a “well broken in mattress” the answer to your pain may lie in your choices. While making a few changes can help manage and prevent pain, visiting the chiropractor is recommended to correct any damage that may have already been caused. Consider stopping by The Joint Chiropractic on your way home to get started on your personalized healthcare plan.   

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

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