Unhealthy Back Habits

Back pain is not the inevitable effect of time and wear and tear associated with life. The things that we eat, what we consume, and the choices we make - affect the way we feel and what becomes of our bodies. The lifestyle choices and habits that we make may affect the structures in our backs, and the blood vessels that supply these delicate structures. Unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as smoking and alcohol consumption, may affect the joints of our bodies and the amount of oxygen and nutrients that are getting to the soft tissues of our backs. A sedentary lifestyle may contribute to obesity and excessive pressures on the elements of the lower back. Unhealthy back habits may also include movements that put too much stress on our backs, such as when we are lifting, working at our desks, and moving to help our friends. Let's take a look at some common causes of back pain related to unhealthy back habits.

Obesity: Not all people become obese because they are lazy and weak willed. Millions of people have work or family requirements that offer very little opportunity to work or eat healthy. What's more, many people have physical ailments and medical problems that make it difficult to work out and exercise. That being said, many people do have some amount of control over their body mass index. For people who are overweight, losing weight may take a lot of pressure on the structures of the lower back towards finding some back pain relief.

Overweight people experience more back pain than those who have an average body mass index. The extra weight around the mid-section pulls the pelvis forward, creating stress on the lower back. This stress on the lower back may cause condition such as herniated discs, sciatica, and pinched nerves. The two bottom discs of the spine, which are under the most pressure, are the two that are most commonly herniated. When the nerves adjacent to these two bottom discs are affected by disc bulges and prolapsed discs, they often contribute to the symptoms of sciatica, which cause lower back pain as well as pain that radiates down one leg.

By reducing your weight towards normal and maintaining it, you may experience back pain relief and prevent back problems later on. Overweight people have higher changes of chronic back pain as well as orthopedic conditions related to the joints, such as osteoarthritis.

Sedentary Lifestyle: People with a sedentary lifestyle include those with occupations that include little physical exertion as well as outside of work lifestyles that include little physical activity. People who don't exercise regularly may experience back pain due to weakened muscles and increased stiffness.

There are many benefits to those who enjoy an active lifestyle. Exercise strengthens the muscles, and it facilitates other body processes involved in the maintenance of the health of the soft tissues of the body. Exercise provides nourishment of the ligaments, joints, and spinal discs (also known as intervertebral discs). When these structures have been deprived of exercise, they may become malnourished and degenerated.

All of the elements of the spine, such as the vertebral bones, discs, and spinal nerves, occupy work properly when they maintain a position at that level of the back and in position relative to one another. The muscles of the back and abdomen hold these elements of the back in their proper position and alignment. When these muscles have become weakened, possibly due to inactivity, they may fail to provide support to the spine.

For these muscles to remain strong enough to support your spine, you should participate in a regular exercise program and includes low-impact aerobic conditioning, strength training, and stretching. A comprehensive exercise program may help you to heal the injuries you have and prevent future back problems.

Low-impact aerobic conditioning that are thought to be safe and beneficial to the spine include walking, stationary bike riding, bike riding, water therapy, Pilates, and Yoga.

Sitting Posture: People who sit too much are at an increased risk of experiencing back pain. People who sit wrong have especially have an increased risk of suffering from back pain. Examples of "sitting wrong" are slouching forward or sitting forward in a chair. These poor postural habits strain the discs of the spine and overstretch the spinal ligaments. Over time, poor sitting body mechanics may contribute to cases of acute and chronic back pain.

The best sitting position is one in which your back is lined up against a good office chair that offers the proper amount of lumbar support. The chair back should be contoured to the normal shape of the spine in the erect position. The chair height should be adjusted so that your hips are at a right angle to your body, and your upper leg is at a right angle to your lower leg. You should be able to comfortably work at your desk or workstation without having to lean forward.