6-activities-you-didnt-know-can-hurt-your-backBack pain is almost a fact of life in today’s tech-saturated world. For this reason, it comes as no surprise that many are seeking Huxley upper cervical chiropractic for relief. 

A lot of us are quick to blame trauma and injury for our back pain, but the truth is that, for the most part, our own habits are responsible for our pain. Even the ordinary daily activities we perform can harm our back more than we realize. What exactly are they?

Here are six examples of daily actions that can be contributing to your nagging backache if continuously done the wrong way:

  • Sitting 

Sitting for long hours without any movement is the number one contributor to poor posture. We sit in front of our desks in the office, on the couch at home, or while driving. Below are some tips to avoid or lessen your backache while sitting:

  • Sit straight and use an ergonomic chair with lumbar support.
  • Put your monitors at eye level, so you are not craning your neck. 
  • Don’t hunch over while sitting.
  • Avoid sitting for extended hours.
  • Take breaks by getting up from your chair and walking around. 
  • Use a standing desk.
  • Do some stretches every hour throughout the day. 
  • Receive Huxley upper cervical chiropractic care.

2. Standing

Like sitting, standing for long periods can harm your back just the same. It’s even worse if you have no proper shoe support, using poor posture, or standing for more than an hour without a break. Simply shifting your weight from leg to leg only helps a little. Eventually, you will end up with back pain from standing if you remain stationary for hours. 

3. Sleeping 

Factors in your sleep affect the health of your spine more than you’ll ever know such as the quality of your pillows and mattress as well as your sleeping position. We spend a third of our life sleeping which means you have to do it correctly or you would suffer from back pain most of your life. 

Sleeping on your back is what we recommend. Just place a pillow behind your knees to avoid strain in your lower back. It is also fine sleeping on your side but be sure to put a pillow between your knees. Doing so prevents your upper leg from sliding and twisting your lower back. 

Sleeping on your stomach is the worst position for the spine. It forces the head to twist on one side all night long. This can result in neck strain and shifting in your spine. These results in back pain. 

4. Deadlifting

Physical overexertion can also cause problems in your back. When deadlifting or doing any form of exercise, it is important to always apply the correct form. Firstly, do not lift a weight you can’t carry. Secondly, discontinue when your body needs a break. Lastly, do some stretching before and after the exercise to keep yourself from having backache from deadlifts or any exercise. If you do the opposite, your back will suffer instead of improving your core strength and posture. 

5. Walking 

Walking is a great form of exercise that can improve your health. However, the problem isn’t in walking itself but the way you walk. You can save yourself from back pain caused by walking if you wear proper athletic shoes and maintain good posture. Most importantly, stretch before workout!

6. Running 

Running is perhaps the least performed exercise for many people. However, lack of cardio exercise such as running can also be the reason behind back pain. If you frequently run, be sure your routine isn’t creating unnecessary pressure on your spine. Follow these pieces of advice:

  • Wear proper athletic footwear.
  • Run on the right pavements.
  • Use a good running posture.
  • Do some warmup before running. 
  • Stretch afterward. 

Huxley Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Back Pain Relief

There is another option to get back pain relief besides reaching for a pain reliever. Huxley upper cervical chiropractic offers long-term relief from chronic backache. 

Most people aren’t aware that back pain is often caused by misalignments in the upper cervical spine. Back problems start to occur when the two uppermost bones of the neck—the atlas (C1) and axis (C2)—shift out of alignment, causing pressure instead of balancing the head. The rest of the spine and nearby soft tissue suffer just the same. If a misalignment exists in this delicate region of the upper neck, back pain and other myriad of health problems are likely to develop.

Upper cervical chiropractors employ specific and gentle adjustments to move the C1 and C2 vertebrae to their correct alignments. Dr. Haan can help you get a drug-free solution to your back pain. He practices Atlas Orthogonal technique which lines up these two vertebrae with the skull at the right angle. In short, the method takes care of the spinal structures that send input into our brain, thus influencing our overall health.

To set an appointment with Dr. Haan, call Huxley Upper Cervical Chiropractic’s office at 515-597-4600 or accomplish our online form.