How You Hurt Your Back Daily
Your back in one of the most important parts of your body. In fact, from the moment you begin to develop, your heart and spine are the first to form. Both of these structures are incredibly important for your health, as they both work to keep you stable and, well — alive. Without a spine, our bodies would have no support structure for the weight of all of our muscles. As your spine develops in the womb, your nervous system also grows with it. Your spine is connected to the nerves in your body, which means any injury to the spine could mean disaster to your nervous system.
Today, we often take our spine for granted. There are plenty of ways we make small damages to it that eventually catch up to us when we are older. Unfortunately, because our spine plays such a crucial role in our bodily health, many people that have back issues will also have some other muscle or nerve problems as well.
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When it comes to your back, you want to make sure that it is healthy and functioning properly. Any inflammation of the vertebrates could trigger other issues, which can make any action painful. Because of the seriousness of spinal health, Superior Healthcare Spinal Therapy is dedicated to offering our customers the best in chiropractic medicine. Though we offer spinal treatments to our customers, in this blog, we will give you some insight about what might be causing your back pain.
There are many things you do throughout your today that cause your spine to become inflamed. Even though you might not notice that you are damaging your body, you are. In this blog, we are going to discuss some of the activities you complete daily that are destructive to your back and your overall health.
According to a recent statistic, 86 percent of America’s population work and sit at a desk. Worse, of this percentage, 70 percent say they don’t like to sit down for long periods of time — yet do it more than eight hours a day. Part of the issue with sitting too much is that it places pressure on certain parts of your spine. This lack of support on your back could lead to disc compression. At our practice, our specialists work on lower back decompression therapy to try and relieve your spinal tension, however, there are other methods to help; standing can be helpful for your back and help with blood circulation. Standing can also assist with the metabolic processes of your body and aid in muscle tone development.
Stretching is also a good practice to help relax your muscles. It is important to stretch every hour or so, making sure that your muscles get a little mobility throughout your day. And, if your back starts to feel tense during your day, you could invest in an office chair that has a back support system.
A Bad Mattress
One of the best ways to tell if your mattress is causing your back pain is if you feel aches in the morning but can get rid of the pain in 15-30 minutes. If the pain subsides, you will know that it is the mattress that is causing more harm than good. Having a mattress that hurts your back can cause more problems than just a rough start in the morning. If you are experiencing back pain in the night you could be getting up or tossing and turning more than you need to.
If you are having trouble with your mattress, it is best to change it out. Though mattresses can be expensive to replace, the damage a bad mattress could do to your back is too high of a price. It is claimed by spinal therapists that your mattress will dictate what position you sleep in. If a mattress positions your spine into an uncomfortable position, your back will become irritated and hurt.
Carrying Too Much Weight
Ladies, this is one is going straight out to you! If you are guilty of carrying large purses, you might be putting extreme stress on your back. A heavy bag will damage your shoulder muscles, your hip placement, and yes, your spine.
One of the best antidotes to this problem is by carrying around less stuff. Try to consolidate your handbag and make it so you are only carrying your most essential items. If you truly believe that all of your items are necessary, you should try to invest in a bag that has either a wider shoulder strap or purchase a backpack. However, if you buy a backpack, don’t assume that because it is bigger it can handle more weight. By depending on a backpack you must be responsible and understand that instead of one shoulder holding the weight, you will be utilizing both shoulders. In terms of support, backpacks are a better choice for your back. But, if you are carrying around too heavy of a backpack, you could be doing more damage than you’d expect to not one, but two shoulders.
Posture plays a crucial role in back pain. If you are not standing, sitting, or laying down with the right posture, your back could be put in added strain. Today, most people don’t exemplify complete straight postures. Unfortunately, a large percentage of our population carries their heads a little too far toward, which means that the upper back must work harder to balance the weight of the skull. Making a conscientious effort to perfect your posture will go a long way in terms of your back pain. Standing can help remind you to stand up straight, as well as help with other processes of the body (listed earlier in this blog). Try to train yourself to maintain good posture throughout your day. If you don’t make sure you are maintaining a straight back, you could develop a ‘hump’ at the base of your neck later in life.
Metairie Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center
If you are interested in relieving some of your back pain, contacting a professional is your best course of action. At Superior Healthcare, we offer chiropractic services as well as advice to help you and your back maintain a healthy life. If you are guilty of any of the above activities that harm your back, make sure you are making strides to stop yourself. Your spine is one of the most important parts of your body, and if you don’t care for your spine you could develop health issues that are spine and non-spine related. If you are currently suffering from back pain it is important to treat the issue right away. Taking medicine and putting on ice packs is not going to solve the problem. Come to Superior Healthcare to receive family chiropractic care. Contact us today!