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Life in the City: How to Protect Your Back

By Genevieve Cunningham

There are a ton of advantages to living in the city. Readily available entertainment, a million diners and restaurants to choose from, and easy access to almost anything that you could want or need are all just a tip of the iceberg. While these advantages are certainly worth mentioning, there are some downsides to living in the big city as well. Air pollution, crowded streets, and constant noise are just a few. The downsides of living in the city may be more than just inconveniences; they may be detrimental to your health. Take a look at these two facts about living in the city that may be harming your health and hurting your back, followed by what you can do about it.

City Life Means More Traffic

Traffic is a staple of almost every major city. More people means more cars and more general transportation. But why is this detrimental to your health? Time in the car equals hours and hours of sitting. And most of that sitting will be done with poor posture. Over time, this can really add up to cause damage to your spine. You may begin to notice a soreness or stiffness in the back both when you drive and at other times as well. And since there is little chance of getting around the constant traffic, finding other ways to manage your back pain and health is imperative.

City Dwellers Have More Trouble Sleeping

Blame it on the near constant light or the noise, but people who live in the city tend to get less sleep. This is a problem that can cause a whole wealth of new ailments for your body, but when it comes to back pain, a lack of sleep only exacerbates the problem. If you hurt your back at work or in the car or anywhere else, and then you don’t sleep, you won’t be allowing your body the rest and rejuvenation time that it needs to heal itself. Those with insomnia tend to have more back pain, and funnily enough, back pain can also cause more insomnia. It’s a vicious, painful cycle of pain and poor health that no one wants to be a part of long-term.

So, What Can You Do About Back Pain?

With all of the good that comes with living in the city, it’s a bit discouraging that you’re stuck with back pain as a result. Luckily, that’s not the case at all. A great way to ease back pain is by getting regular chiropractic care. Chiropractors focus on the spine. They’ll search for misalignments of the spine, and then correct them using spinal manipulation. This can help ease pain now, and with continual care, it may help prevent those pains from returning in the future as well.

Where Can I Go For Care?

If you would like to try chiropractic care, visit with chiropractors at The Joint. Chiropractors here are friendly and professional. They’ll listen to your concerns and help you feel your best. To make it an enjoyable and stress-free experience, The Joint also offers walk-in visits and affordable pricing. Love your life in the city? Love it more by keeping your back healthy and keeping pain far away starting with a quick trip to The Joint right away.

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