Everyday Occurrences that May Cause Your Back Pain
People with chronic lower back pain sometimes believe an injury is the reason for experiencing the pain and discomfort. While this may be true, it’s also very possible that daily actions are causing the pain. Your lifestyle and how you spend your time at work are two big factors contributing to your pain, in many instances. Here are some everyday occurrences that could be causing your back pain without even knowing it.
Your Office Chair
When you sit in one position for several hours at a time, there’s a good chance you’ll experience at least some sort of discomfort. Even if you have a desk job where you’re supposed to sit for eight hours every day, getting up and moving occasionally will go a long way in managing your pain. The stress you put on your back from sitting for extended periods of time can lead to chronic lower back pain, so use a pillow or other supporting object to help.
Your Eating Habits
Being overweight is one of the reasons why some people have to visit an advanced pain management center. The heavier a person is, the more stress they put on the discs and joints. If you have constant chronic lower back pain, try developing better eating habits and you may be surprised on how different you feel.
Your Sleeping Arrangements
An older mattress, or one that doesn’t provide much back support, can lead to you waking up with back pain every morning. One of the first things a spine care center will ask when you talk about your back pain is how well you sleep. You spend a lot of your life sleeping on your mattress, so it could be one of the main reasons why you have back pain.
Exercising as much as you can will help keep your back muscles in good condition. You don’t have to do extreme exercises, but simple 20-30 minute exercises a few times a week will make a huge difference. Stretch out your back, hamstrings and other supporting back muscles as much as possible, even when you don’t feel like getting up from the couch.
Stress indirectly causes back pain, since unhealthy eating habits, not sleeping enough and not feeling like exercising are common side effects. As difficult as it may seem, try to avoid stressful situations as much as possible. Some of the things you can do to manage your stress is talking with family and friends, doing self-meditation, exercising and anything else that relaxes you.
DBC Active Spine Care® is the global leader in spine adaptive functional restoration. We take pride in being more than just another spine care center. We work with our patients to not only help them manage their back pain, but also help prevent it from occurring in the future. To learn more about our evidence-based program and how it can help you, contact us today to schedule an appointment.