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How to Break Common Bad Back Habits for Good!

By Sara Butler

If you're struggling with back pain, then you're not alone. According to the American Chiropractic Association, you have an 80 percent chance of experiencing it over the course of your life, so you're in a lot of company. As the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic will tell you, there are many things that can cause you to suffer from back pain, but a few things you may do every day may turn out to be the biggest culprits. Here are a few bad back habits you need to break in order to keep your back -- and the rest of you -- healthy.

Sitting ... All Day Long

Sitting is something everyone does and really can't be avoided, but if you have a desk job that requires you to sit a lot, then it might be behind your back pain. That's because when you sit for extended periods of time, it places a lot of stress and strain on our lower back and hips. Plus, it can cause you to practice poor posture, which puts even more stress and strain on your back, shoulders, and neck.

The best thing you can do to counteract all that sitting is to get up and get moving. That doesn't simply mean regular exercise, it also means making sure to get up at least once each hour to move around and stretch for just a few minutes. Also, talk to the chiropractors at The Joint about how to set up your work area ergonomically.

Skipping Exercise

Regular exercise is key to ensuring you don't suffer from back pain. It helps by building up muscle that supports your spine and also keeps your muscles flexible, something that is vital to a healthy spine. If it's been a while since you hit the gym remember that it's never too late to start. Focus on strength training and work in some cardiovascular exercises too. This can help to combat stiffness and keep back pain at bay.

Too Much Stress

Everyone experiences stress but if you're not dealing with it in a constructive and healthy way, then it can really impact your health -- including back pain. That's because mental and emotional stress can cause the muscles in your body to tense. These tense muscles can lead to joint dysfunctions and restrictions that can lead you straight to back pain. Talk to the chiropractors at The Joint for ways you can help to de-stress and see them for regular chiropractic adjustments to combat joint dysfunction and restriction too.

If you struggle with back pain, then it's time to come see the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today.

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

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