The 5 Common Causes of Neck and Back Pain
31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Are you one of them? Unfortunately, neck and back pain are on the rise, especially among the younger generation. Why? Let's take a closer look at the 5 common causes of neck and back pain and what can be done about them.
1. Being on the Computer for Long Periods
Prolonged time in front of technology results in neck and back pain. You're sitting prolonged in an unnatural position. You're using small, unnatural movements in your hands and wrists and keeping your head in one position. It's important to give yourself breaks.Move your head. Stretch your wrists and shoulders. Roll your neck. Stand up and pace if possible. Make sure your posture is correct, too. Your feet should be flat on the floor and your back, straight.
2. Bad Posture
When was the last time you checked your posture? Was it when your mom told you to sit up straight? Having bad posture ultimately leads to neck and back pain. Sitting atop the body, your neck is subject to the curvature and position of your spine and the position of the head. So, if you're sitting or even standing hunched over or in positions that aren't natural for your neck and spine, you end up with discomfort.
3. Unusual Sleeping Positions
It comes as no surprise that weird sleeping positions will cause you discomfort in the form of a "crick" in your neck or back pain. To rectify this problem, make sure you don't fall asleep in an unusual sleeping position, like sitting in a chair. The best place for you to catch some zzz's is in bed with a proper pillow and sleeping posture.
4. Sitting for Too Long
Whether you sit on a computer all day or commute long distances, prolonged sitting is going to affect your neck and back. Much like being on the computer for long periods of time, you'll want to give yourself a break. Regardless of what you're doing, make sure to stand up and stretch out. If you can, pace about a little bit to get your body moving.
In addition to stretching, you can also invest in cushions to help your spine curve correctly. You can use them in your car or with your chair at work.
5. Ladies - Check Your Shoes
You might not think about it, but if you frequently wear flip flops or high heels, you're probably doing harm to your back. When you wear high heels, you force your back to arch and make your spinal muscles work harder. Flip flops and sandals make your feet to move side-to-side. This means your weight is not distributed evenly which can result in pain. If that's the case, you may want to consider supportive shoes when you're out and about.
Neck and Back Pain Conclusion
Of course, not all back and neck pain can be rectified purely by changing habits. While they can certainly help, you may need to see a professional to help you find relief. Consider making an appointment with us at Busch Chiropractic and get some relief ASAP.
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