Are These Habits Hurting Your Back
By Sara Butler
You can’t take your chiropractor everywhere you go, even if you wish you could. Still, you can take their teachings with you every day in order to live a life that supports a healthy spine and promotes your overall health. To accomplish this, the first thing you need to do is identify the things you may be doing every day that are hurting your spine and could be causing back pain.
You’re Sitting Too Much
Many people think heavy lifting is killing their back, but sitting still can be just as bad or worse! People who work desk jobs tend to have more back pain than those who work manual jobs. That’s because using your joints and muscles that support your spine strengthen them; sitting places pressure on your lower back and tightens muscles that can contribute directly to back pain.
You can fix this problem by getting up and walking around at least once an hour – if not more – when you’re working during the day. Try to practice good posture when you’re working too, and keep your desk set up in an ergonomic way that will be kind to your spine and other joints.
You’re Wearing the Wrong Shoes
Wearing sky-high heels or ballet flats with no support will kill your back and lead straight to back pain. You need to wear shoes that have at least (but no more than) a one-inch heel and offer support to the arches in your feet.
You need to think about your feet as your body’s foundation, and without a solid foundation then cracks will begin to show. This may include pain in your ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. Avoid it by choosing shoes that support your feet along with the rest of you.
You’ve Got too Much Stress
Your muscles will tense up if you’re under stress, including the muscles that support your spine. If you’re under constant stress and therefore have constantly contracted muscles, then you’re going to eventually have muscle spasms and back pain.
You can remedy this by making sure you get exercise. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, a good walk or some gentle yoga can do the trick. But it’ll work wonders at helping you eliminate back pain and stress.
If you have questions about your habits and how they impact your spinal health, talk to your chiropractor at The Joint!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.