5 Things You Didn't Know Were Causing Your Back Pain

Posted on: 22 April 2015

Many people experience back pain at some point in their lives. Dealing with back pain can be stressful, require trips to the doctor, and even a visit to a physical therapist to learn how to manage it. However, not many people make changes in their daily lives that are going to help reduce back pain. Here are five things you didn't know were causing you to have back pain that you need to change:

  1. Your Office Chair: Consider purchasing a new office chair, especially if you spend most of your time during the day sitting in it. An office chair that isn't designed to support your back and emphasize good posture is one that shouldn't be used. Consider the design of the chair. Is the back straight up and down? If so, you need to purchase an office chair that curves to your back. You also want to be sure that you have an office chair that extends all the way up your back, not one that stops halfway up. 
  2. Worn-Out Shoes: Wearing worn-out shoes is not only uncomfortable for your feet, but can also be part of the reason behind your back pain. This is because if the soles of the shoes are worn, then this can change the way that you are standing and your back can lose the support that it needs from the arches of your feet. 
  3. An Unsupportive Bra: If you are carrying extra weight on your chest, it is especially important to have a supportive bra. This is because the extra weight up front can cause you to slump forward. A supportive bra will keep the weight closer to your body, thus allowing you to sit up straighter and maintain a healthy spinal curve. 
  4. Your Purse: If you have a large purse that you carry a great deal of stuff in while it is thrown over one shoulder, like some women tend to do with a diaper bag, you are changing the curve of your back. To avoid this, you want a purse that allows you to throw it over your shoulder and hang on the other side of your body to balance off the weight. Also, consider taking some of the weight out of your purse every time you leave the house. 
  5. Smoking: Smoking is not only bad for your lungs, but also for your back. This is because smoking takes away the oxygen that you need in your body, including in between the discs in your back, leading to poor motion control and pain.

By learning some little known causes of back pain, you can become better at preventing back pain from occurring or reoccurring in your life, which is important for optimal health.