Most of us are aware of the major factors that contribute to back pain – poor posture, inactivity, unhealthy eating – we’re regularly warned against these bad habits. But there are some lesser mentioned causes that could be impacting our spinal health.
Our Fareham chiropractor reveals three surprising everyday issues that may just be the guilty source of your back pain.
1: Your journey back and forth to work
Did you know that hunching over a steering wheel can tighten your chest muscles and cause your shoulders to round? Being in this position for long periods everyday can drain your energy and cause or worsen back and neck pain.
The solution: Try and sit at a 90-degree angle when you’re driving and ensure that you are close enough to the steering wheel so that you don’t have to stretch. Your back is put into a compromised position each time you extend your legs; so if you suffer from back pain, be extra mindful of your driving position.
2: The age of your mattress
If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your mattress then it should start those alarm bells ringing!
The solution: Our chiropractor in Fareham recommends replacing your mattress every 5 – 7 years to reduce the risk of sleep-associated back pain. When purchasing a new mattress, make sure you choose one from a reputable bed store and ask for advice on what type is appropriate for your back condition.
To further prevent/ help back pain, place a pillow under your knees if you sleep on your back, in between your knees if you prefer to sleep on your side or under your knees if you snooze on your tummy.
3: You carry your life in your bag
A bag that’s “bursting at the seams” (by that we mean too heavy!) can wreck havoc on your back health. And if you’re the type of person who doesn’t leave the house without your life’s belongings in tow, you could be putting yourself at risk of developing chronic back problems.
The solution: Try and keep your bag as light as possible. Ideally, your bag should weigh no more than 10-15% of your body weight. If possible, use a rucksack with two straps to distribute the load evenly across your shoulders. If you do use a one-shoulder bag, alternate which shoulder you carry it on from day to day.
Our renowned team of chiropractors are here to help and advise you on all aspects to do with your back pain.
For friendly advice or to book an appointment, contact us today on 01329 280 283 or email email@example.com