Back pain is the most leading cause of hospitalization and third most leading cause for surgery, indeed back pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit doctors. Over 56% of back pain patients say that the pain disrupt their ability to carry on their daily responsibilities.
There are many causes of back pain and in general it is not just one event causing back pain but several situations combined together lead to back pain. And it turns out that many of our everyday seemingly insignificant habits can contribute seriously to back pain over time.
Here are the most common daily habits that are causing your back pain.
1- Prolonged Sitting.
Sitting put more pressure on your spine by 40% than standing and to he honest, focusing to maintain a proper posture is the last thing on your mind on a busy work day and taking regular stretching and exercising breaks may not seem like the best way to spend your break time.
However, straining your back for too long and skipping on simple regular stretches would weaken the muscles over time.
When you don’t use your joints they age quickly and lose lubrication which in turn get manifested in pain.
Instead, try to lean back slightly with your head and straight back in a 135 degree, that will reduce the stress on the discs of your spine.
Also make sure the chair you are sitting on supports your back curves and lower back.
Make sure to keep your neck and head always straight and not leaned forward.
Moreover, taking frequent trips for water and bathroom or simple stretches can help maintaining your back muscles strong.
2- Driving for Long Hours.
Just like sitting for long time, being hunched over a steering wheel for long hours can also strain your neck, spine and shoulders.
Instead make sure to keep a proper driving posture by sitting at a 90 degrees angle and keeping your neck straightly aligned with your spine.
Staying as near as possible to the steering wheel will reduce the tension you put on your spine and shoulders to stretch forward.
3- You Ate Not Eating Right.
Studies showed that the same eating habits that are good for the heart, overall weight and blood sugar are also good for the back and the spine.
The studies found that most of the patients suffering from back pain are more likely to have a clogged artery to the spine.
Healthy eating ensure healthy blood circulation around the body which deliver oxygen and nutrients to the spine and remove waste, if waste is not removed inflammation can take place and inflammation can send pain signals to the brain.
A good diet to reduce back pain should consist of foods rich in anti-inflammatories like lean protein, fish, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and low in inflammation fueling foods like sugar and animal fat.
4- Lifting Heavy Handbags.
Heavy handbags can be the reason for your backaches.
When you carry a heavy hand back on one shoulder you can an imbalance between the shoulders and as a reaction your body tries to raise the shoulder carrying heaviness up throwing too much pressure on your spine, over time that could cause prominent pain in your back.
Instead, carry only the necessary things in your purse. Make sure that the total weight of your handbag is no more than 10% of your body weight, also alternate between the two shoulders not to put too much pressure on one side.
5- Your Mattress Is Old.
Old mattresses can be the cause of your back pain, your spine needs to be well supported and relaxed during sleeping so you don’t wake up with back pain in the morning. A good mattress should last about 10 years but if you are suffering from regular back pain then you should consider changing your mattress every 5 to 7 years.