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2 Common Causes of Back Pain

By Stepy Kamei

Millions of Americans find themselves dealing with the issues that back pain can bring every year. In fact, back pain is one of the top reasons why people make appointments to see their doctors on an annual basis. Back pain is frustrating to deal with for many reasons. It can be brought about by a truly vast range of reasons, and it can manifest itself in the form of many different symptoms as well. In order to fight back against back pain, sometimes a good defense is the best offense. In other words, figuring out what may be causing your back pain can help keep it from becoming a regular occurrence which disrupts your daily life. Keep on reading to learn more about some of the more common causes of back pain, as noted by chiropractors, so you can be better equipped to defend your body.

Poor Posture

Doctors of chiropractic tend to agree that one of the most common causes of back pain is poor posture. Yes, it turns out that sitting up straight can do more than give the impression of having good manners.

When you hunch forward in an unnatural manner, you end up straining the muscles in your neck, shoulders, and back by placing abnormal amounts of pressure on those areas. Over time, this kind of muscle strain that's caused by compensating for poor posture can end up causing serious aches and pains throughout the upper and lower back areas. Essentially, the spinal column is having to work extra hard in order to support the entire body, and it will suffer from poor posturing as a result.

Make sure you avoid hunching your shoulders and neck forward for long periods very often. It's easy to do this while working in front of a computer or looking at an electronic device, so make sure to take frequent breaks to stand up and stretch. You can also consult with a chiropractor for further tips on how to avoid poor posture from harming your back health.

Poor Diet

Another way that a poor diet impacts your health is that it can cause back pain. First of all, if the body is carrying excess weight, the spinal column will strain over time to support that weight, leading to lower back pain. Furthermore, a diet that's high in sugar, salt, and fat, will not only cause weight gain, but can also increase the amount of inflammation in the body. Inflammation flares up in the joints and tissues of the back, leading to stiffness and pain over time.

Be sure to do your best to consume foods which are minimally processed and rich in vitamins and minerals in order to, among many other benefits, prevent back pain.

For more information on how you can improve your back health and prevent back pain, be sure to visit with your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic clinics as soon as possible!

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

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