1. Your Diet
This is one that is often overlooked, but the food culture in America today encourages the consumption of a lot of foods that can be inflammatory and can aggravate your back pain. John Spallino, MD, of the Laser Spine Institute in Tampa, Fla. suggests avoiding processed foods, fast foods, and saturated fats, and recommends a mostly plant-based diet that includes such things as flax and chia seeds. Fish that are rich in omega-3’s like salmon, tuna, and trout are also great staples of an anti-inflammatory diet.
According to a study done by the Harvard Health Watch, an average American spends 101 minutes per day driving. That’s almost two hours a day! And when you’re sitting for that long, it is imperative that you maintain good posture to alleviate some of the stress on your lower back. Make sure that you are sitting up straight, with your back flat against the back of the seat. If you find yourself sitting in the middle of the seat with your head craned forward, you may be doing more damage to your back.
3. Choosing the Stairs Over the Elevator
Picking the stairs over the elevator is generally considered a good habit, as stair climbing requires 8-9 times more energy expenditure than sitting and burns about 7 times more calories than taking the elevator. But for someone suffering from back pain, it may be in your best interest to skip the stairs and stick with the elevator. Taking the stairs can put stress on your knees and lower back, and if you aren’t strong in those areas because of pain, the stairs can do more damage than good.
4. Shaving your Face/Brushing your Teeth
What?! Brushing my teeth can cause me back pain?! Unfortunately, this may be the case if you tend to lean over the sink when you’re brushing your teeth, which tends to be the case for taller individuals. Shaving can also have the same negative impact on your back, if not more so, as most men tend to lean closer to the mirror when shaving than when brushing their teeth and usually spend more time shaving than they do brushing their teeth. To avoid this, stand with both feet flat on the ground, with tall posture.
Back pain can be a real hindrance on your day to day activities, and it is estimated that almost 90% of people will experience it as some point in their lifetimes. If you are dealing with back pain, give us a call today so that we can begin helping you to get your pain back under control, and your life back on track.