We've identified extremely common ways by which we could be hurting our backs on a daily basis but that we might be completely unaware of.
You’re a screen queen/king
Many people spend up to nine hours a day slouching in front
of a PC, while others spend almost as long hunched over tablets and
Sitting in the best possible position is probably the last
thing we think of when we have huge work deadlines, and thus regular stretching
exercises also go out the window allowing for your muscles of the back to
weaken and inactive joints lose lubrication and subsequently age more quickly.
A study conducted by Temple
University found that the increased amount of time people spend on their
latest technological obsessions is a leading cause of shoulder and back aches
surgery not always the answer
Don’t sleep on your tummy
Constant tossing and turning in bed may have dire
consequences on your joints and muscles, and experts suggest that sleeping on
your side or back keeps your spine elongated and neutral. If you need to snooze
on your tummy for a bit, place a pillow under your hips to alleviate pressure
on disks, ligaments and muscles.
When choosing your mattress, ensure that you choose from the
manufacturer’s medium range. A study in The Lancet found that
people who have chosen a medium mattress showed fewer signs of back issues
three months after purchasing their mattresses. Follow Goldilocks’ advice:
don’t have a bed that’s too hard or too soft, but rather just right.
You may have ‘fashion back’
Ladies, as much as stilettos are stylish, they are taxing on
your back, but at the same time it doesn’t have all function and no flair.
Megan Tabor, a chiropractor at Brigham and Women's Hospital recommends
alternating one’s shoes. When walking to the bus stop, wear shock-resistant
sneakers, and, when you’re in the office get into something more stylish.
Gentlemen, since slipping into stilettos aren’t as common,
it’s been found that wearing flip flops can be as bad for your back. Sandals
and flip flops provide very little to no arch at all for continuous support,
which can lead to back, knee and foot problems says Dr David S. Wolf, DPM, a
podiatrist and professor of nursing at the University of Texas Health Science
Centre at Houston.
Toss the smokes
As it turns out, smoking is not only bad for your heart and
lungs but also for your back. According to a study published on
spine-health.com there’s a strong link smoking and lower back pain. www.fitnessmagazine.com says the effects of smoking are many: Nicotine
restricts blood flow to vertebrae and disks, so they may age and break down
more quickly. It may also interfere with the body's ability to absorb and use
calcium, leading to osteoporosis-related bone and back problems.
may reduce back pain
What’s very common
yet at the same time so uncommon is that improper bending and lifting causes
back injury; that's all there is to it.
Dan McMackin, a spokesman for UPS recommends a few ways
that could eliminate this concern for you:
your knees and keep your back straight. Don't bend at your waist.
- Keep the
object close to you. The farther away you hold it from your body, the more it
stresses your back.
hold an item higher than your armpit or lower than your knees.
move something that weighs more than 20% of your body weight.
pivot, twist, or turn while lifting. Point your feet at the item you're lifting
and face it as you pick it up. Change direction with your feet, not your waist.
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