One of the biggest reasons adults seek chiropractic care is to address their back pain. In fact back pain is something that is incredibly common, affecting, at some point in their lives, 4 out of 5 Americans. The fact that lots of other people are suffering too is little comfort though when it’s you yourself dealing with the problem every day.
Something that is changing in the field of back pain treatment is people’s attitudes towards some of the more ‘traditional’ approaches to treating the problem. Worried at the idea of being referred for a serious surgery that may not even work or that their only option would be to rely on pain medications that most are now aware can be highly addictive and very dangerous, an increasing number of those who suffer from back pain are looking for alternatives.
A course of chiropractic therapy is a great choice for many dealing with an ongoing back pain issue and, in conjunction with some simple habit and lifestyle changes can be highly effective. But what kind of lifestyle changes you may ask? Maintaining a healthy weight and getting proper exercise helps, as does making sure that when you lift things you are doing so properly, from the knees. But in addition here some less usually mentioned things that can help you lessen back pain or avoid it all together, some of which might surprise you.
Watch Your Posture
Anyone and everyone who nagged at you to sit up straight as a kid was right. You do need to practice sitting up straight, and walking straighter too, but not just because it looks better. Poor posture can be a major cause of back pain in itself, especially if you are one of the many people who have a job that requires a lot of desk sitting.
Add a reduction in back pain to the laundry list of reasons why you just should not be lighting up any more. Smoking reduces the blood flow to the spine, the reason that numerous studies have found that smokers are more prone to hard to explain back pain than their non-smoking peers.
Ditch the Heels
High heels are pretty for sure, but it’s not just the feet that they can be hard on. The change in gait that walking in high heels causes can put excessive amounts of strain on the lower back, resulting in nagging back pain.
When possible stick to heels of one inch or less and if you simply can’t give them up altogether at least make the effort to wear them less often and even when you do carry a flatter alternative that you can switch to when they start to get uncomfortable.
Loosen Those Skinny Jeans
If you are a fan of skinny jeans the one thing you may not realize is that while they may be uber fashionable and look pretty good on they are far from back friendly. Because they restrict the movement of the lower body and change the way you sit (and you know they do) they really can cause nagging back pain.
Watch Your Wallet
Guys, this one mainly applies to you. How often do you drive while sitting with your bulging at the seams wallet in your back pocket, so that you are essentially sitting on it? Lots of us do, without realizing that that too can cause discomfort and back pain. So either find a way to lighten the load in your wallet or get into the habit of taking it out of your pocket before sitting for long periods of time.
We are taking new patients and offering free consultations, and that way we find out if you are someone we can help before going any further. Call us today for a free consultation at (913)-953-5959 or CLICK HERE for more information about our Overland Park chiropractic office.