Back Pain? You Might Want to Stop These 5 Mistakes

Aug 23, 2017

There are a lot of things that can cause back pain. Most commonly, poor daily habits are the ones that cause you to have an aching back.

If you’re constantly suffering from back pain, or if you need to take steps to prevent a painful back, try to avoid these five unhealthy habits.

1. Sitting for Too Long

Sitting for a long period of time can degenerate the muscles in your back and they can become less flexible. It can also reduce the amount of blood circulating and the oxygen going to the muscle cells. Additionally, it changes the natural curve of your spine, which means your back muscles have to hold your back in shape. Sitting improperly can also overstretch the spinal tendons and strain the structures surrounding your spine.

2. Poor Posture

Poor posture is one of the significant reasons for lower back pain but is also one of the most underlooked. Bad postural habits alter the biomechanics of your whole body. The increasing pressure through your lower back due to altered biomechanics can cause discomfort in your back. Practising and maintaining correct posture is important in order to avoid serious health problems.

3. Improper Lifting

Improper lifting of heavy objects increases the stress placed on the back and can easily cause muscle tears, tissue damage or in more serious cases, small fractures. To avoid this, use your bum muscles more when lifting heavy objects; if possible, ask someone to assist you.

When it comes to lifting weights, it can help strengthen your back ONLY if done correctly and with appropriate training and assistance.

4. Staying Overweight

Generally, people who are overweight are at a much greater risk of back pain. The weight contributes to the risk of injury to the spine and back and puts additional pressure on the spine. Since there is excess weight in the core, the pelvis is pulled forward, straining the lower back and creating a lot of pain and medical issues.

The body’s centre of gravity and will shift with excess weight. This shift will pull your body forward and strain your back. The shift will also cause your body to hold an unnatural posture which in return can cause pain and other back problems.

5. Smoking

Smoking can affect the part of the brain that processes sensory stimuli and the central perception of pain — particularly, cigarettes affect the way the brain sends its pain signals. Smoking can also damage tissues in the lower back and to a different place in the body by slowing down circulation and reducing the flow of nutrients to joints and muscles.

Perhaps getting rid of these bad habits can help you minimise back pain. Furthermore, incorporating healthy habits into your everyday life can add up to the benefit. It can be by exercising regularly and practising good posture.

How about getting help from a Perth physiotherapist to sort out your back pain? After all, when it comes to correcting faulty patterns and recommending exercises that are right for you, a physiotherapist is your best bet!

Book an appointment with any of our physiotherapists at Happy Physio. Call us today on 92727359.