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The Most Common Causes of Back Pain

By Sara Butler

Chiropractors treat a lot of problems, but by far the most common problem they see is back pain. But just because back pain is common doesn’t mean you can’t avoid it in your life. There are some things you should – and shouldn’t – be doing to keep back pain away. Here are some of the most common causes of back pain that your chiropractor sees!

Posture Problems

How are you sitting right now? Are you hunched over? Head leaning forward? Come on, you can admit it! If you are, then what you’re doing is exactly what you shouldn’t be doing! Your posture is one of the most important things for you to pay attention to if you want to avoid back pain.

Poor posture can lead to joint dysfunctions and restrictions in your spine and beyond. Your chiropractor can help you to set things straight with regular adjustments, but if you’re not practicing good posture between visits to your chiropractor then it can cause back pain. You really should have listened to your grandmother all those years ago when she told you to sit up straight.

Lifting Improperly

What you’re picking up doesn’t have to be heavy in order to do damage to your back. If you’re not using the right technique while lifting, anything can be the literal straw that breaks the camel’s back. If you lift improperly with your back, then you are likely to cause a muscle strain, sprain or even tear that can incapacitate you. Make sure to speak with your chiropractor about the right and wrong way to lift something!


Exercising is really good for you and can help you to stay healthy and free from back pain. But, some people don’t exercise regularly enough to avoid injury. If you are trying out something new, make sure you ease into it so you don’t end up hurting yourself. Make sure to stretch beforehand and cool down in order to avoid back pain.

Your Lifestyle

There are lots of things about your lifestyle that can cause back pain. It can be anything from the way you sleep to the stuff you eat to how much you drink alcohol – and everything in between. But have no fear. Your chiropractor can help you to identify things about your lifestyle that can lead you straight to back pain, and should be able to offer advice as to how you can improve your habits in order to improve your spine health.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.


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