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Bad Habits That Hurt Your Back

By Sara Butler

Unfortunately, back and neck pain are all too common. Many people seek out the care of a chiropractor when back and neck pain strikes without realizing that they may be their own worst enemy. Of course, many people don't realize how the simple things they do each day can contribute to their back pain, which is why the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want you to understand this issue a little bit better. Here are a few everyday habits that can hurt your back and neck.

An Unhealthy Diet

You may wonder what connection that bag of potato chips can possibly have to your back pain. Eating a balanced diet can help you to be healthy -- and part of being healthy is reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. But it doesn't stop there. A healthy diet can also reduce inflammation and inflammation can trigger pain.

Try eating more fresh fruits and vegetables each day as well as whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. This is one simple change you can make each day that can lead to a healthier, pain-free you.

The Wrong Shoes

Your shoe choice impacts more than just how your outfit looks, it also can have an impact on the health of your back -- especially if you're a lover of high heels.

High heels throw off your body's center of gravity, forcing you to arch your back and make the muscles in your upper legs and torso work overtime to find balance. That's why you should consider wearing comfortable, more supportive shoes on a daily basis and leave your high heels for special occasions only.

Poor Posture

If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk each day, then it's important to think about your posture. Sitting for long periods of time in a way that doesn't support your neck, back, and arms appropriately can have a detrimental impact on the health of your back. That's why it's important to take frequent breaks -- at least once every hour. Get up, move around, and stretch. Also, make sure you have your desk set up ergonomically to help you practice better posture when you are sitting. If you need help with that, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

Your habits are up to you to recognize and change for a healthier back, but the chiropractors at The Joint can help you determine what bad habits may be contributing to your back pain and help you to develop better habits.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Morrisville, N.C.

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