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Decrease Your Back Pain by Breaking these Bad Habits

By Rachel Carver

If you suffer from back pain, you are not alone. Approximately 31 million Americans routinely experience lower back pain. Up to 80 percent of the population will deal with back pain at some point during their lives.

Despite these high numbers, our back pain can often be attributed to bad habits. We stress our spine without even realizing it.

Read on to learn about these bad habits and how to correct them.

Too Much Sitting

If you work at a desk, it is easy to sit too much, especially when you become absorbed in a hard project. This is followed by bingeing your favorite shows after work or scrolling on your phone to relax.

Too much sitting puts pressure on the discs in your lower back. This squeezes the discs together, creating lower back tension that causes pain. To prevent this, take frequent breaks throughout your day. Incorporate more movement by taking short walks or standing during meetings.

Wearing the Wrong Shoes

You might have the perfect heels for your new dress. However, heels taller than an inch can create pressure in the back by changing the normal curvature of the spine. This forces you to arch your back and make the muscles work harder.

Choose shoes that keep the spine in a comfortable and normal position. Even flats can cause back pain.

Maintaining Poor Posture

Do you sit with your shoulders slouched at your desk? Do you lean to one side while standing? If so, this changes the curvature of the spine, which causes pain.

While sitting, your entire back should be against the chair, and your feet should be flat on the floor. You also want to avoid looking down at your computer monitor or smartphone. Stand so that your spine is in a neutral position.

Seek Chiropractic Care for Pain Relief

Long periods of these bad habits can lead to restricted discs and strained muscles. The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you will put you on a treatment plan to align your spine. This will decrease your pain, improve range of motion, and increase mobility.

Regular chiropractic care and eliminating spinal stressors will significantly improve your back pain. It is important to prioritize the health of your back, as it is involved in nearly every regular movement.

With more than 600 clinics around the country, The Joint has the experience and knowledge to take care of your chiropractic needs. The Joint's affordable pricing and walk-in visits make care accessible to everyone.

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

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