Ever wonder why you’re getting the very same adjustment every single time you go back to your chiropractor for an examination? One simple explanation could be that you keep doing the same things that led to those problems in the first place. Perhaps you aren’t even aware of what you’re doing that keeps hurting your back and leaving it in the same state of pain. If you have no idea what you’re doing wrong, keep on reading. Here is a list of bad habits that your chiropractor wants you to break:
Wrong Lifting Method
Lifting heavy things the wrong way can seriously hurt your back. If you’ve been focusing on using the muscles of your back to lift, you’re doing it wrong. By doing this, you’re putting the pressure on your back, causing pain and misalignment. Instead, you should bend at the knees, keep your elbows at your sides, and then lift using the strength of your legs and arms, rather than your back.
Looking at Mobile Devices
It’s no secret that people nowadays spend most of their time staring at their mobile phones. However, what many people may not know is that this seemingly normal and harmless activity can take quite a toll on your back. When you’re scrolling through social media pages on your phone, your neck is bent forward in a posture that puts strain and a huge amount of pressure on your spine. Knowing this now, you should develop a new set of habits. What you should do is lift your phone up to eye level so that you don’t have to bend your neck. If you’re too shy to do this in public, at least make sure that you stretch your neck from time to time as you use your phone.
If your work requires you to stay seated in an office chair all day, you’re most likely spending more time sitting than standing. Our body is built for physical movement, which means that it is unnatural for you to sit still for too long a period of time. Doing so puts a strain on your spine, causing achiness and deformation. To avoid this, try to stand up, walk around, and stretch as frequently as you can while you’re stuck in your office chair.
Bad Sleeping Posture
Your sleeping posture plays a major role in your spinal alignment. You want to avoid sleeping on your stomach as your neck will not be propped up properly, and this can put a lot of pressure on your spine. Sleeping on your back is the most natural position and will be the best posture for your spine. If you sleep on your side, make sure that your pillow is high enough to support your neck properly.
Carrying Bags the Wrong Way
The way that you carry your bag also impacts your posture. Heavy bags should be avoided. Clear out unimportant things that you don’t need to free up some weight. That being said, there will be times when you need to carry a heavy bag. The key is to carry your bag the proper way. If you use a backpack, make sure that your straps are wide with padded straps for better support. If you carry a shoulder bag, try to shift from one shoulder to the other regularly to balance the weight on both sides.