We are used to hearing "Keep your back straight”. However, in our hectic lives, we constantly violate this rule, and remember it only when it starts to be painful.
About 80% of people will suffer from back pain in their lifetime. According to experts, this isn’t always a symptom of some serious illness or injury. Often, the risk factors that a person faces every day are to blame. In the article below, we will talk about those factors more.
#1. The job factor
Back pain is a concern not only for office workers and those engaged in physical labor. Cosmetologists, nail care specialists, architects, drivers, engineers, tailors - this is an incomplete list of professionals who put a serious strain on their backs.
Take a short break once an hour. If it’s possible, stand up and do some warm-up exercises. This will relieve tension from the back muscles. Or at least briefly get away from your workplace.
#2. Home workspace
It may seem that your back is not at risk when you’re at home. We are relaxed and can forget about posture concerns. But daily household chores like washing dishes, preparing dinner or ironing clothes can be merciless to our backs.
Make sure that your house is “attuned” to you. The height of the sink, the table and the ironing board should match your height; your spine should remain straight as you’re working around your home, the muscles of the back relaxed.
#3. Inconvenient shoes
Sometimes, beauty requires unjustified sacrifices. Awed by a pretty pair of high-heel shoes, women sometimes forget about the direct connection between footwear and posture. High heels should not be worn for more than 2 hours a day.
And completely flat soles aren’t good for the spine either. The weight is not distributed correctly, and, as a result, the unnecessary load puts extra strain on the dorsal muscles. Choose low-heel shoes to wear daily. Sandals and other summer shoes should come with straps that tightly stick to the toe and heel.
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#4. Too-large bags and purses
The trend for huge bags carries a serious threat to our backs. The temptation is great to carry everything with yourself, but is it really necessary or is it a heavy burden, literally? Audit your bag and leave only the items that you use during the day.
The ideal choice for everyday wear would be a backpack, if you wear it on both shoulders. Adjust the straps so that the backpack is snug against your shoulder blades rather than hanging on the waist.
#5. Clothes that are too tight
Pencil skirts, tight dresses, skinny jeans significantly restrict freedom of movement and disrupt blood circulation, and strained back muscles can provoke pain. Spanx also disrupt your blood circulation in them. And when you’re choosing your “daily” bra, take into account comfort and not only its cuteness. Give preference to wide straps of the bodice.
#6. Stress and depression
Studies have shown that disturbed mental states can cause excessive strain of the back muscles. When we are upset, we lower our shoulders, the back is rounded, hence, the back and lower back pain. Take up some physical activity to cope with the stress: dancing, swimming or running is something that you will be enjoying with pleasure.
In case of depression, it is recommended to consult specialists to solve the problem as soon as possible.
#7. Incorrect sleeping position
Coupled with incorrect mattress choice, incorrect sleep pose not only prevents us from sleeping soundly, but can also cause back pain. The stiffness of the mattress in this situation plays a big role. It should not be too soft! The line of your spine must remain straight during sleep. If you sleep on your side, your head should not sink or be raised high on a fluffy pillow. A pillow under your knees will will relieve the load from the waist if you’re sleeping on your back.
#8. Incorrect way of lifting weights
Heavy object lifting is, of course, not recommended. But you can’t always avoid this, sure. So bend your knees and the keep your back straight.
What would you add to this list from your experience? Tell us in the comments!
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