Abnormal spine movement can go unnoticed, but these objects you may use every day can significantly contribute to the development of chronic back pain and muscle strains…
The result of a study reported at the 2001 annual meeting of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons supported that the mechanism of injury in low back pain is “damage to the vascular structures of the discs”. Smoking history, hypertension and coronary artery disease are significantly associated with the development of lower back pain.
2. Shoulder bags
Putting extra weight on one side of your body is one of the biggest back pain causes. Anytime you have to balance the weight of a purse, shoulder bag, or even a heavy wallet in a back pocket, you change the curve of your spine. Clean out your purse and wallet, frequently switch sides (right shoulder – left shoulder) or choose a backpack to distribute the weight.
3. Junk food
You already know that fast foods and saturated fats are enemies of your well-being. Apart from causing weight gain, which can lead to back pain as well as painful joints, this kind of processed food can also fuel inflammation. It is important to point out that no one food is to blame for causing inflammation, but that your overall diet could contribute.
Regular exercise is one of the best ways to protect your back as you age but if you’re not careful some common workout mistakes, such as training to failure every time, could trigger chronic back pain and joints pain.
5. Grocery bags
Limit the weight of your grocery bags and consider switching to a roller bag. Always try to put bags or parcels on a counter, not at your feet: high is usually much better than low for lifting.
6. Your mattress
Lack of support from a mattress reinforces poor sleeping posture and does not help to keep the spine in alignment, contributing to lower back pain. Medium-firmness mattresses tend to be firm enough to provide support but soft enough to provide comfort and pressure-point relief. As a result, they tend to be most effective in preventing/relieving pain.
Wearing the wrong shoes can be related and contribute to back pain, stress and fatigue. Fancy stilettos are not the best shoes to keep your spine healthy, but even a sensible pair of old shoes can lead to back pain if the soles are worn. Finding the right shoes for your feet may be all the back pain treatment you need.
8. Office chairs
When sitting in an office chair for a long period, the natural tendency for most people is to slouch over or slouch down in the chair. Incorrect sitting posture can damage the spine and worsen back pain. No matter how comfortable one is in an office chair, prolonged static posture is never good for the back: remember to stretch, stand up and walk sometimes!
9. Your car
Driving for extended periods of time can affect the lumbar curve of your spine. Common problems are caused by not adjusting your seat correctly, pushing your head forward and stretching too far. If you only find you get back pain on longer journeys stop regularly to get out of the car and move around.