In our every day lives, so many little things we do can cause back pain and for the most part we never manage to catch and change our bad habits. The following list will give you a good overview of all the little bad habits that most of us have which can eventually cause us to encounter not so pleasant backaches.
1) Do you have a long commute? Maybe your drive from home to work or home to school causes you to spend a lot of time behind the steering wheel. Chiropractors and doctors mention that it is very important to pay attention to your posture when you are driving. Make sure you are sitting at a 90 degrees angle to the steering wheel and you are not leaning back too much that you have to stretch your arms or legs out. As well avoid slumping posture which will cause neck and back pain.
2) Sitting behind a desk all day is one of the biggest causes of back pain. Sitting puts 40% more pressure on your spine than standing. Sitting with good posture and taking regular stretch breaks is often a key solution but it is also a solution that most people don't have time for. Another solution to help your back is to try and sit at a 135 degree angle from time to time. So this means to lean back on your chair; this position puts the least pressure on your spinal disks.
3) When you have to reach a deadline and you are experiencing chronic or acute stress; this stress can directly trigger your back pain. Often times when we are stressed, all of our body's muscles remain in a constantly clenched/ flexed position. An easy solution to this is to simply realize that you are stressed out and find ways to release your stress and relax throughout the day. Many find exercise to be a great stress reliever.
4) Prioritize the gym. Many people assume that they need to lie down and remain inactive when they have back pain. Meanwhile many studies show that people with back pain can greatly benefit from being active and going to the gym or going for frequent walks.
5) Mattresses. If your mattress is very old, you are very likely to have back pain. According to the National Sleep Foundation, you must replace your mattress every 7 to 10 years but many suggest that you go no longer than 5 to 7 years before replacing your mattress.
6) Although all types of exercise help relieve back pain, yoga tends to be the best. Yoga is the fastest exercise to ease lower back pain.
7) Doing crunches to strengthen your core and therefore protect your back is a very big misconception. It is true that having a strong core protects your back but doing crunches is not great for your back and the continuous motion forces the spine to curve forward in a C-shape. Do crunches slowly, with proper form and in moderate amounts by including them in a broader core workout.
8) This may come as a surprise but your diet can affect your back. Eating healthy foods is not only good for your heart and weight but your back as well. Having clogged arteries due to high cholestrol can cause less efficient blood circulation which leads to an inability to bring nutrients to the spine and brain. Not receiving proper nutrients due to improper circulation can cause inflammation which ultimately leads to pain.
9) Many of us suffer from carrying all our belongings in our purse. Having a very heavy bag may cause back damage that is as severe as damage from a sports injury. To avoid this, always carry the lightest bag possible and alternate which shoulder you carry your purse on every day.
10) A deep love for high heels or flip flops. Both of these shoes cause your foot to be unstable and this leads to back pain. High heels force you to arch your back and make your back muscles work harder. Flip flops on the other hand cause your feet to slide from side to side leading to an uneven distribution of your body weight, ultimately causing back pain. Avoid walking long distances in your trendy footwear.
*Sources: www.msn.com -Health & Fitness*