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Got Back Pain? Try These Tips

By Virginia Laird

Are you someone who struggles with back pain? Millions of Americans report having back pain at least once during the year. Sometimes it can seem as though nothing that can be taken or tried can help relieve it. Chiropractors regularly visit with many who suffer with back pain and suggest there are a few changes in many people's daily habits that can be made to decrease the pain. Here are some tips recommended by chiropractors for reducing back pain.

  • Uncross your legs
  • Use the headrest in the car
  • Put down the phone

Uncross Your Legs

Although I am not certain the history behind the crossing of the legs, I know it needs to stop. Chiropractors suggest this is one of the worst ways to sit. It shifts the spine to an unnatural position, putting stress on the back that can cause pain. Chiropractors suggest the best way to sit is with both feet flat on the ground. While this may not be the most comfortable way, it is the best way to prevent back pain.

Use the Headrest in the Car

Have you ever wondered why cars have a headrest? Believe it or not, there are some benefits to resting the head. Next time you are in the car, go ahead, lean back. You may notice some of the tension and stress in your neck has been released. Chiropractors not only recommend the use of the headrest, some claim it is a must-do to improve back pain. Some research even suggests that leaning back can help the brain to decompress and let go of stress from work before you get home.

Put Down the Phone

Chiropractors recommend putting the cellphone down can help with back pain. Using a phone all the time can be harmful to the spine and posture. Have you ever noticed a slightly hunched posture you have when you look at your phone? This can cause stress on the back and neck. A person should hold his or her head over the shoulders to help support the heavy load. With a hunched posture, the head is no longer supported by the shoulders causing pain to the spine.

If you are suffering with back pain, try implementing one of these tips. Hopefully you can experience a reduction in your pain.

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

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