How Carrying Objects Can Cause Low Back Pain
When you are active in your daily life, it’s easy to forget about things like proper posture. This is especially true when carrying different objects like purses, handbags or even your children. Constantly carrying your child or heavy objects on one side of your body can lead to long-term issues with your spine health. It may not seem like you’re in pain at the moment but any pain management physician will tell you it’s taking a toll on your spine. So what can you do to maintain your quality of life and keep a healthy spine at the same time? Here are some valuable tips to incorporate into your daily life.
Tips For Carrying Small Children
You can’t avoid holding your small child if they need to be held. But as they get older, they get heavier which usually leads to carrying them on your hip. While this technique does make the child seem a little lighter, it can lead to long term back pain and other issues with the spine. If your baby gets to the point where they are too heavy to carry for a long time, consider using a carrying system that straps the baby in front of you. This will keep your spine aligned and relieve a significant amount of pressure as well. If you don’t like the idea of a front strap for any reason and need to carry your child on your hip, be sure to switch them back and forth between your hips frequently to even out the tension.
Unload Your Heavy Bags or Purses
Heavy bags or purses can cause similar long term back pain as carrying a child around. The main difference is you may not even know you’re damaging your spine health since a shoulder strap is comfortable and makes it seem a bit lighter. The best thing to do is unload any unnecessary items out of your bag to make it physically lighter. And just like you would with carrying a child, switch sides when carrying a purse to help prevent spine health issues.
Best Ways To Relieve Your Back Pain
If you’re dealing with long term back pain, it may be time to visit a pain management physician. The most effective ways to relieve some of your pain is to be conscious of proper posture, carrying and lifting techniques. Just like incorporating improper techniques led to the back pain, shifting back to proper techniques can help align the spine again over time. Your pain management physician will also recommend certain activities and exercises to relieve your pain along the way as well.
At DBC Active Spine Care®, we believe restoring the function of your spine is critical to good long-term spine health. This occurs by slowly strengthening and incorporating endurance to your muscles to allow for proper posture without being uncomfortable. Carrying around heavy objects constantly takes a toll on your body and your spine, so awareness is important. Our active spine care program can help you feel great again for the long-term, so contact us today to see how we can help.