What's Causing Your Back Pain?
By Sara Butler
When back pain strikes, it’s anything but enjoyable. Still, you’re statistically at a disadvantage, because 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Yes, back pain is incredibly common, but many people don’t know why they’re experiencing it. In many cases, back pain isn’t really coming from your back at all. Where does it come from? Here are a few options that may be the real reason behind your back pain.
If you ever feel like the steps you take are off balance or uneven, then it may be because of your hips. Many people tend to carry heavy bags on just one shoulder or sit with their wallet in their back pocket, which can throw off the balance of the hips and lead to back pain. Even wearing shoes that aren’t supportive enough can contribute to hip misalignment. If that’s combined with weak core or back muscles, then you may find yourself with a sore back that's actually starting with your hips.
Forward Head Posture
Forward head posture is also commonly known as text neck. In a world where people are guilty of spending hours a day looking down at their electronic device or smartphone, text neck has become quite prevalent, and it’s causing a lot of back, shoulder and neck problems along the way.
When you tilt your head down, it falls forward just a bit. That forward head posture increases the stress and strain placed on your neck, shoulder, and back muscles. This will eventually lead to joint dysfunction and restriction in the neck, which will then cause pain in your back as your body tries to compensate for the problem.
Sitting for Too Long
Sitting for long periods of time is murder on your back because it compresses the spine and increases the stress on your arms, legs, back, and neck. The back pain you’re suffering from sitting for too long can easily be addressed by taking frequent breaks to stretch and move around. Ergonomic chairs, keyboards, and computer screens can help you to keep your back healthy while you sit as well.
No matter how your back pain has started, it’s here now. So, you need to come into The Joint Chiropractic to have a chiropractor check it out. They can help you determine what is really causing your back pain and get you on the road to recovery!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.