From the neck and shoulders all the way down to the pelvis, back pain can affect many areas. Generalized back pain is one of the most common ailments that patients present to their physicians. Statistics have estimated a lifetime prevalence of back pain as high as 84% in the adult population.
Strangely enough, it’s not always the most active or the most injured patients that experience debilitating back pain. Surely these are the most common causes, right? In fact, there are a number of antagonists that people never stop to consider. Take a look at the list below for some often overlooked causes of back pain.
1. Sitting for Long Periods
Sitting in and of itself is not harmful, but an excessively sedentary lifestyle can have long-term consequences. The muscles in your back can lose their strength, rendering hem unable to hold your body upright without exertion.
2. Lack of Exercise
Physical activity and training gives your body a chance to stretch and gain muscle. Without exercise, your body, particularly your back, will constrict and lose strength. Work out your core muscles to better support yourself and decrease the chances of back pain.
3. Inefficient Workplace Ergonomics
Something as simple as how your workplace is set up can cause overextension, which may lead to back pain. Be sure that you have a supportive chair, your computer monitor is at or just below eye level, and that you don’t have to reach too far to grab anything important.
4. Lack of Bed Support
A lot of back pain originates from improper sleeping habits. Whether you’re a back, stomach, or side sleeper, be sure that you have the support you need to avoid putting pressure on your body.
5. Carrying Heavy Objects
Everything from backpacks and purses to moving boxes can put strain on your back muscles. It takes extra effort for your body to balance and keep yourself upright. Be sure to practice proper lifting techniques, especially if carrying heavy objects is a big part of your everyday job.
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Are you experiencing back pain? Can you personally identify with one or more things on the above list? If you answered yes to both questions, they may just be connected. Wirth Chiropractic is here to help you realign your musculoskeletal system and practice better habits to decrease back pain. From spinal manipulation to correctional therapies designed to decrease the pressure on your spine, chiropractic care may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a free consultation!