8 Common Yet Overlooked Causes of Back Pain

July 19, 2020

It comes as no surprise as back pain can significantly affect how a person’s day can progress. Also, it can affect your daily health and wellbeing. In this article, we will be digging into the eight common but sadly overlooked reasons that contribute to backache.

1. Sitting For Prolonged Periods

Nowadays, excessive sitting is not unusual. People do it at home binge-watching on TV. Also, most people do it at work, especially those with desk jobs. However, did you know that sitting for extended periods can be dangerous to your health?

A sedentary lifestyle means you are inactive because you don’t engage your muscles regularly. As a result, your muscles lose their strength and you compromise your balance. Extended sitting causes bad posture making your spine more prone to aching forward. Thus, it can increase the risk of injury or strain to the back.

A NUCCA chiropractor in Wapakoneta can give relief for back pain caused by prolonged sitting. We will discuss more about a unique form of care upper cervical chiropractors do later in this article.

A study showed that sitting too long increases a person’s mortality rate. Therefore, people are encouraged to take a minute of a break to stretch their muscles every 30 minutes of sitting.

2. Physical and Mental Stress

Stress can be a significant contributor to chronic pain. It affects the entire body by keeping it in a fight or flight mode. In other words, the body stays very tense (while stressed) with very short breaks to relax and restore. As a result, this stressed or panicked mode, negatively impacts your sleep cycles, digestive system, and back comfort.

Give your body the proper relaxation it needs, free of stress or pressure. Find the time for some calming or relaxation techniques. These include the following:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Walking
  • Some form of stress release
  • Doing a hobby

All of these things contribute to giving you peace of mind or a relaxed feeling.

3. Not Exercising Regularly

Preventing an injury and weakness can be as simple as adding regular movements to your daily routine. If the muscles in your back lose strength, it makes your back more likely to endure pain. What actions can help? Here are a few suggestions:

  • A daily bike ride
  • A quick evening or morning walk
  • Some light strength training to help keep your spine strong and healthy.

4. Eating Inflammatory Foods

Some foods cause inflammation. Here is a list of substances that can make your body swell. Hence, avoid the following:

  • Sugar
  • Highly processed vegetable oil
  • Refined carbohydrates (white flours, grains in processed food)

To counter these inflammation-causing foods, we recommend that you take anti-inflammatory foods instead. These can alleviate some of the onslaught of soreness on your body:

  • Ginger
  • Blueberries
  • Green tea
  • Wild salmon

5. Bad Workspace Design

People who work daily in desk jobs require a lot of time sitting, which makes them prone to slouching or keeping a bad posture. Also, spending hours in a physically awkward position takes a toll on the body. Prevent physically straining work positions. It would be great to have ergonomic options for your back.

Therefore, proper back support would be great. Having proper lumbar support can also help prevent back pain. Ergonomic-focused workstations are excellent in preventing injuries, and neck and back strains.

6. Smoking

Smoking and back pain have a connection. The discs in the spine require certain nutrients and proper hydration so they can remain healthy and flexible. Smoking can block these nutrients, which leaves your back at risk for injury, degeneration, bulging, or even a herniated disc. Smoking also causes dehydration.

7. Carrying Heavy Bags

It is a factor that is often overlooked by many. Students often carry a lot of books in their backpacks. Overloading your bag with too many items that you repeatedly carry puts more pressure on your spine. More pressure on the spine causes back pain. A solution would be to avoid taking unnecessary weight in your bags. Also, use a backpack instead of shoulder bags to distribute the load on both shoulders evenly.

8. Insufficient Back Support While Sleeping

Three essential factors help support your spine while you sleep. First, the placement of your pillow. Be sure the pillow enables your head to rest just beneath your neck. Second, the firmness of your mattress. It should be enough to support the proper alignment of the spine. Third, your sleeping position. Sideways and on your back are the right sleeping positions. Avoid sleeping on your stomach since this position keeps your neck stressed and stuck in an awkward position.

If your sleeping position has caused you back pain, a NUCCA chiropractor in Wapakoneta can help you ease the pain.

Getting Rid of Your Back Pain Naturally

Today, chiropractors are a source of hope for people with back pain who seek immediate relief. Upper cervical chiropractors employ a unique type of chiropractic care. They are specially trained in understanding and adjusting the upper cervical spine or the neck region.

When the uppermost vertebrae of the spine become off-balanced or misaligned, it leaves the rest of the spine strained and sore as the back works hard to compensate. For this reason, treating the neck is critical because it holds the key to permanent chronic back pain relief.

The upper cervical spine has two vertebrae called the atlas (C1) and the axis (C2). The atlas bone supports the skull and swivels freely in its axis. It means the atlas bone plays an outstanding and demanding job in a person’s life. If it moves out of its proper position, it adds an increased pressure and stress to the neck and shoulders, which then works its way down the whole spine. Frequently, pain that radiates from the low back is due to an issue within the neck. In so many cases, all it takes is an upper cervical chiropractor’s experienced skill to bring long-lasting relief from chronic back pain.

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