Are you aware of your daily habits that may be contributing to your back pain and body aches? These ten habits are hurting your back, but with simple solutions you can help alleviate the pain before calling Dr. Knight for chiropractic care.
Problem: Sitting for extended periods of time. This places 40% more stress on the spine than standing
Solution: If you work at a job where you sit at a desk all day, get up every 30 minutes and allow yourself to stretch.
Problem: Stretching to reach your car pedals and steering wheel
Solution: Adjust your seat to a 90 degree angle to keep your spine aligned properly
Problem: 40% of people cut out exercise when suffering back pain
Solution: Speed up the healing process by taking a walk, doing some light stretches, and perhaps attempting the art of yoga,
Problem: Carrying purses or briefcases with excess weight as it causes the shoulders to be imbalanced
Solution: Maintain a safe carrying weight not to exceed 10% of your body weight
Problem: Unhealthy diet and excess weight are major culprits for back pain
Solution: Tighten up that diet, drink lots of water and cut out sugary drinks
Problem: Sleeping on a worn out mattress that allows your spine to sag
Solution: If you experience back pain, invest in a high quality firm mattress and replace every 5-7 years or when it begins to lack support
Problem: High Heels. Though they add style to any outfit they cause muscles in your back to work harder.
Solution: Purchase a cushioned insole and be sure not to walk long distances
Problem: Built up tension, anger and stress that lead to muscle tension
Solution: Discuss stress management with your doctor, and visit frequently for chiropractic care
Problem: Too much Tube time. 15 hours of TV viewing increases lower back pain 3 times
Solution: Get up and stretch during commercials, and cut back on your viewing pleasures
Problem: Ignoring back pain can make it worse
Solution: Call Dr. Knight for assistance in restoring total balance to your body