4 Things You Should Stop to Reduce Back Pain
By Virginia Laird
Many people experience back pain each year. Beginning routine visits to a chiropractor can help manage and reduce the pain. Chiropractors use adjustments to the spine to help restore function, reducing pain. Believe it or not, there are a few things that can be done at home to help reduce pain. Four chiropractor-recommended things you should stop doing to help manage your back pain include:
- Stop using your phone for everything
- Stop being sedentary
- Stop crossing your legs
- Stop carrying a heavy bag
Stop Using Your Phone for Everything
Society has increasingly become overwhelmed with technology. Have you ever noticed what happens to your body when looking at the phone? Research suggests that people tend to lean their head forward when gazing at the phone. This causes the head to no longer be supported by the shoulders. The strain of this sitting position can cause pain the the neck and back. Chiropractors recommend limiting the use of the phone in an effort to encourage a more correct posture.
Stop Being Sedentary
A sedentary life is not friendly on the back. Getting up and moving helps to release tension and stress. Not just moving, but chiropractors recommend light stretches can also help release tension. Exercise and moving can help manage back pain. Although there are times the back does need rest, a permanent rest is not the best thing for the spine.
Stop Crossing Your Legs
Crossing the legs is terrible for your back. It causes the weight to shift unevenly, putting stress on the spine. Chiropractors suggest sitting with your feet flat on the ground is the best way to sit. Although crossing the legs may feel comfortable and natural, there is nothing natural about it.
Stop Carrying a Heavy Bag
Heavy bags are a burden to the back. This is a habit that can cause damage to the spine. Chiropractors recommend lightening your load by choosing smaller bags. Another great option is a crossbody bag. Any bag that can be carried in a way that distributes the weight of the bag can help ease the pain in the back.
Don't think you need to stop these things at the same time. Choose just one to start with. Before you know it, you may be able to recognize exactly how these small changes have helped reduce back pain.
To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.