3 Modern Day Habits That Are a Pain in the Back
How does your back and neck feel right now? Are they a little store or in pain. That is a big sign from your spine to stop having poor habits. Common poor habits of hunching, carrying heavy bags, and not moving enough are all behind the reason why your neck and back ache. In fact most back pain is caused by modern habits. Are you guilty of doing on of these back pain no-nos?
Prevent Text Neck
Just the way you angle your neck day after day can send your back into shooting pain. The most common way people put their necks in the wrong angle is when they bend their neck forward to check their texts or phones. Just gazing down at a text message may not seem like it is doing any damage, but this habit over a period of time is causing more pain and misalignment than you realize.
The head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds. Tilt that weight about 15 degrees, and all of a sudden the spine feels as if it is supporting a 27 pound head. The more you tilt your head down, the heavier your head is on your spine. Therefore, if you were to tilt your head down 60 degrees, the angle to feel a pull in your shoulders, then you are putting 60 pounds of pressure on your spine. Ouch!
Simply being more mindful of your head’s position when you use technology is the best way to prevent this huge issue. Hold your phone up to your face level, adjust tiny print, and keep your computer or laptop at eye sight level.
Smoking Causes Back Pain
Being addicted to tobacco puts you at a three times higher risk for developing back pain. Not only does smoking cause you to have more back pain, but studies have found that smoking also strengthens your pain sensitivity, meaning pain feels greater than it actually is. Obviously the answer is simpler to say than actually do – quit smoking. It is never too late to try, even if you have already tried several times before.
Sitting or Standing Too Much
Too much of sitting or standing can also give you frequent back pain. The best thing to do is to move frequently and to avoid poor posture while either sitting or standing. Some simple things you can do to prevent the pain is to wear proper and supportive footwear, use a headset instead of cradling the phone between your neck and ear, and investing in an office chair that supports the right ergonomics.
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