Bye bye back pain: 7 habits that are bad for your back
Fact: many of us often complain about back pain. And almost everyone blames sitting at a desk for more than eight hours a day for the problem. But what you may not know is that there are many routine habits that could be causing issues with your back.
Here are seven simple things you can do to correct your posture and tackle lower back pain.
1. Get a firm mattress
The best mattress is one which keeps your spine naturally aligned. Soft mattresses are not good because they deform under your weight and do not provide good spinal support. You should also change your mattress every eight years as the materials it's made of will eventually wear out.
2. Use small and lightweight bags
This applies to anyone who likes to carry everything they could possibly need in a bag. A large shoulder bag has a negative impact on your spine because it means one of your shoulders is always higher than the other. Choosing a smaller bag or a backpack is the best option.
3. Wear supportive shoes
High heels can cause your back to arch and should be avoided for that reason. Insubstantial sandals and summer shoes like thongs should also be avoided, because they change the way your weight is distributed when you walk. This can also lead to problems for your back.
4. Spend less time with your cellphone
Whenever you use your phone for things like texting or going on social media sites, you are exerting too much force on your neck, which leads to pressure on the cervical spine.
5. Keep your wallet in your bag
This tip is directed at anyone in the habit of keeping their wallet in the back pocket of their pants or jeans. Spending much of the day sitting on a bulky pocket generates pressure on the muscles below the spine. A backpack can be a good solution.
6. Wear a supportive bra
Make sure you're wearing a bra that is the correct fit and provides enough support. Wearing a bra that lacks adequate chest support or using a size or model that doesn't fit you properly can cause shoulder, neck and, you guessed it, back pain.
7. Exercising incorrectly
Doing physical exercise without professional guidance, at least to begin with, can be damaging to your health. Try to talk with a personal trainer first, to set the ideal work out for you and your back.
We know it can be difficult to avoid the harmful effects of a routine that leaves us seated for many hours, but there are several things that can really make a difference to your back and they are all within your control.
And finally, why not pamper yourself with a massage? It doesn't have to cost anything, you could just ask your partner or a friend to do it.
Now all you need to do is put this advice into practice. Your back will thank you for it!