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Is Your Home Hurting Your Back?

By Donna Stark

You've listened to all the talk about the dangers on the job and how your workstation can be hurting your back, and maybe you have followed the advice on proper lifting techniques and ergonomic desks, but have you ever considered how your home may be harming the health of your spine as well? After all, you spend an awful lot of time there too, so maybe it should be something you start to think about it! There are certain things in regards to the setup of your home that can increase your risk of back pain, and if you are unsure of what they are, just come on in for a visit to your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. They will help set you straight.

Is Your Home Hurting Your Back?

When you think of home, you generally don't associate too much negativity with it, but if it is a contributing factor to that chronic back pain you deal with every day, it may be hard not to. It's important to consider changing certain things about your environment and lifestyle because if you don't, back pain can destroy the quality of life you have spent so much energy working for. So where do you start? Let's take a look at a few suggestions below.

  • Floors - Standing and walking on hard floors can place added stress on your spine. An easy fix for this is to place thick, non-skid rugs or mats where you find yourself standing, and carpets in the most frequently-used pathways.
  • Furniture - That fluffy, marshmallow-looking sofa may feel like a dream at first, but if your furniture doesn't support your back, it may end up being your worst nightmare! Choose furniture that encourages you to sit up straight, and if you can't buy something new right now, invest in some good pillows or lumbar supports.
  • Hazards - Slips and falls don't only happen on uneven sidewalks, they can happen at home too! Protect your spine and the rest of your body by safe-proofing your living quarters. Make sure all railings are strong and secure, add a non-slip backing to throw rugs, and install some grab bars in the bathroom where some extra balance may be needed.

Chiropractic Care for a Healthy Back

If you struggle with lower back pain, pay attention to the setup of your home and make any necessary adjustments that you see fit. Then after you do that, head on over to The Joint Chiropractic. Your local chiropractor will be more than happy to design a treatment plan that will place your body in proper alignment, alleviate pain, and have you feeling better in no time! And with more than 500 locations nationwide and no appointment required, it couldn't be any easier to do so!

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

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