Chronic back problems are one of the most common injuries as we age. As we grow older, our bodies unfortunately deteriorate and we’re not able to perform certain daily functions as easily as before. Certain things we do throughout our life can increase our risk of developing back and spine problems.
Professional athletes aren’t the only ones who suffer due to wear and tear! Believe it or not, even casual activity adds up over time. We don’t realize how dangerous it is for us to perform physical activities without stretching or training our bodies to adapt to such activity. Usually, we think it’s no big of a deal if we don’t take the time to stretch before playing a game of basketball or going out for a run. Think again! If anything, we’re only putting ourselves at risk of pulling a muscle or causing stress on our body. If you play any sport with little or no stretching, you run the risk of a serious injury and a slow recovery.
Even the chores we do around the house can take a toll on our backs! Repetitive tasks can eventually cause you to build up pain throughout the years. You can set yourself up for injury by performing these simple tasks without also being active throughout the day and week. For example, cleaning out the garage, bending over a workbench, or spending hours in the yard can be just as hard on your back as anything you do on a playing field or court.
Another prime example of ways we accidentally harm our backs is absentmindedness during daily activities. After you have gone through a long day’s work, you don’t always consider the risk of hurting your back by washing the dishes or picking up a paper clip off the floor. In reality, since you’re not paying attention to your posture or lifting techniques, you can cause stress on your back. Certain movements or positions that you choose without thought can have a real impact on your body, either through a dramatic accident or a slow, steady wear on your joints.
If you feel you don’t have the strength to perform daily tasks, listen to your body! It is better to wait and give your body the time it needs to create enough energy than to injure yourself completing chores that could have waited.
We’re all guilty of improper bending and lifting at some point in our lives. While poor technique is common, that does not justify the risk or lessen the damage it may cause. Many of us are familiar with stories of people who injured their backs when moving from one home to another. If you can’t or don’t want to pay someone to help you move your belongings, then you’re in for quite a workout!
When it comes to moving, your body might not adapt to the certain movements you have to make in order to move the boxes from one spot to another. Common mistakes for inexperienced movers include bending your waist, holding items far from your body, and carrying an object that weighs 20% more than your body weight. All of these can create back problems. Finally, you do NOT want to pivot, twist, or turn while lifting. Changing directions with your waist can cause your back to work itself more than it should.
While you may consider sitting at home, work, and while driving to be resting, your back won’t appreciate the damage you’re causing to it by remaining sedentary. Your discs are spongy and function as a cushion for the vertebrae in your spine. Unfortunately, your discs have poor blood supply. When you’re being active and moving around, fluid circulates through the discs. However, when you sit still, the fluid is wrung out and you’re depriving discs of nutrition.
Sedentary working environments are becoming increasingly common, requiring many of us to remain seated for a significant amount of time and stressing our backs. The discs in your spine are nourished by motion, sitting still is hard on your back and neck, and can cause long-term damage. There are studies that show if one sits more than lying down or standing up, the individual can develop more pressure on their spine.
One of the worst postures one can do is sit and lean forward, this kind of position causes you to lock your pelvis and flex your spine. The more you arch forward and exaggerate the curve of the spine, the more pressure you’re putting on your discs. Individuals who are significantly taller happen to pose this sitting posture more often than others. You may see it yourself from friends and family members who are tall and most likely have arched backs. Their arched back is usually caused by their lack of sitting properly. Anyone who has the habit of sitting incorrectly whether they are tall or short, can develop a curved spine and make it look as if they had a lump on their back.
Preventing pain is fair easier than treating it. However, if you are experiencing back pain, getting an accurate diagnosis is important for your recovery. Call (210) 495-9047 to schedule an appointment and begin your recovery today.