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8 Surprising Habits That Cause Back Pain

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8 Surprising Habits That Cause Back Pain

Mysterious aches and pains? The cause may surprise you用lus, easy fixes for back pain culprits.

1. The Habit: Sleeping On An Old Mattress

According to the National Sleep Foundation, a good mattress will last nine to ten years. Haven’t replaced yours since Cheers first aired? Chances are that your spine isn’t getting the support it needs.

The Fix: Replace your old mattress with one that’s not too hard and not too soft葉he former won’t allow the curves of your back to sink in, and the latter won’t offer enough support. A memory foam topper can also be helpful because it’ll contour to your body, allowing your spine to stay straight throughout the night.

 

2. The Habit: Carrying a Huge Bag

If you’re someone who likes to carry around all the essentials and nonessentials in your bag, your back is feeling it. Carrying a heavy load on one side of your body causes your shoulders to become imbalanced, throwing your spine out of balance too.

The Fix: Switch to a lighter bag葉he American Chiropractic Association recommends that your purse (with everything in it) weighs no more than 10 percent of your body weight. You can also spread out all of your stuff between a purse and a tote, one on each shoulder, to stay balanced.

 

3. The Habit: Wearing Stilettos…Or Flats

Heels that are too high for you will force you to arch your back, putting stress on your joints. But flats can also be bad for you, depending on your foot type. Sandals without a supportive back can also do damage, causing your feet to move from side to side and distributing your body weight unevenly.

The Fix: Everyone has an ideal heel height for them (which is why some can’t live without ballet flats, and some claim their stilettos are the most comfortable shoes they own). Find yours with this guide from the Daily Mail: sit in a chair and extend one leg out in front of you. Let your foot and ankle relax and fall naturally, and measure the distance between your big toe and the bottom of your heel葉hat’s your ideal heel height. If your foot doesn’t angle at all, flats are your best bet.

 

4. The Habit: Holding a Grudge

Still mad at Susan for bringing three bacon dishes to your vegetarian potluck? Your back may be suffering too. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center found that people who practice forgiveness experienced fewer feelings of anger, resentment, depression預nd fewer aches and pains. “Our emotions, muscle tension, and thoughts can directly influence the strength of our pain signals,” explains researcher James W. Carson, PhD.

The Fix: Not only are grudges bad for you physically, they don’t do much for you emotionally either. Start the process of giving up a grudge by setting an intention to do so, encouraging even the smallest feelings of forgiveness, and replacing negative thoughts with reasons to let go.

 

Next Page: Why your job is bad for your back, plus three more things that can cause pain.

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2:58AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Thanks

2:17PM PST on Jan 31, 2014

interesting information about types of shoes that can cause backache.

10:18AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Good post!

5:56AM PST on Jan 22, 2014

thanks

12:29PM PST on Jan 7, 2014

Thanks

8:12PM PST on Dec 8, 2013

I never thought wearing flat shoes/sandals can cause back pains. I like the habit and fix things :) Thank you for sharing this article!

4:19AM PST on Nov 21, 2013

thanks

11:16AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

also carrying to much weight on your body.

4:25PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

informative.. thanks

2:08AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

Helpful advice, thank you.

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