At least 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point. Quite often, this pain is frequent and builds in severity over time. With billions of dollars being spent each year to help ease the pain, it is clear that sufferers are continually searching for a solution. What leads to all of these back injuries and discomfort? Oftentimes, a work injury or auto accident may be to blame. However, for many, the source of the pain lies in some of their own bad habits.
There are a few factors that have the ability to affect the level of back discomfort every day. Poor decisions regarding posture and exercise are among those factors. While it may be necessary to seek treatment for continuing or severe back pain, a simple change in habit may be enough for some. Here are 3 of the most harmful habits which may contribute to an individual’s back pain:
1. Spending All Day at a Desk
Remaining sedentary is a prime contributor to backpain. In fact, sitting puts 40% more pressure on the spine than standing. Couplethat with the tendency to slouch in front of the computer, and it’s a recipe for achesand pains. Additionally, long hoursspent commuting can also lead to discomfort.
Invest in a chair that is ergonomically designed for proper posture and support. Try to sit with both feet flat on the floor, and get up to stretch and walkaround as frequently as possible.
2. Not Exercising
Exercise, and yoga in particular, has been shown to vastly improve back pain. After a back injury, it is common to become less active. However, by doing so, healing may be delayed and pain may become worse. While it is important to remain active, caution should be taken to ensure that the chosen fitness routine does not complicate back injuries.
For preventative measures, begin a regular exercise regimen to help strengthen back-supporting muscles and improve posture. If back pain already exists, speak to a chiropractor for recommended stretches and exercises to bring relief without causing further damage. In either situation, yoga has been shown to be particularly helpful.
3. Sleeping on an Old Mattress
For optimal support, mattresses should be replaced about every eight years. However, if you have trouble sleeping or suffer back pain when trying to sleep, it is wise to shorten that timeframe to 5-7 years. Over time, a mattress will begin to sag and lose its shape, making it unable to provide the support needed to rest comfortably.
If back pain is a problem, a new mattress may be the solution. When searching for the perfect one, take the time to research and test the available variations, including innerspring, memory foam, and latex.
Back pain may be a prevalent problem in the American population, but there are steps that can be taken to improve or avoid it all together. Avoiding the factors listed above will not only offer relief to those already suffering, but it can help strengthen the back, preventing injuries from occurring in the first place.
If you suffer from back pain, one of the physicians at SouthEast Chiropractic may be able to help by offering a customized treatment plan and even recommended stretches and exercises. We offer two convenient locations in Gastonia and Belmont, NC and offer a simple online system to make scheduling your appointment easier. If you would like a consultation, please click here to contact us.