8 Common Habits that are Causing Back Pain

Habits that Cause Back Pain

An estimated 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point during their lives. This may seem like a staggering number, but it’s actually not too surprising when you consider the incredible amount of pressure and strain that’s exerted on the spine every single day.

There are some forces, like gravity, that are beyond our control and will put strain on our spines whether we like it or not. However, there are certain lifestyle habits that we can change or adopt to help ensure that our backs are as happy and healthy as possible.

Now it’s important for us to note that most back pain is caused by tension, strain or inflammation in the muscles, joints and tendons that support the spine and we are assuming this as the cause of your occasional pain. However, this isn’t always the case. Daily, severe back pain is not normal and probably symptomatic of a more serious issue. If this sounds like you, we recommend that you get in touch with your spinal specialist and get it checked out.

Below we’ve compiled some of the surprising, common habits that can actually cause back pain. The good news is that all of these habits can be changed, which means that you don’t have to suffer needlessly from lifestyle-induced pain.

1. You’re consistently stressed

Stress is a very common, natural response to demands, fear or danger that most, if not all, people experience hundreds of times throughout their lives. Stress in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. As a matter of fact, some studies have shown that limited amounts of stress can actually be good for us, making us better equipped to fight other areas of discomfort in our lives.

However, science agrees that too much, or chronic, stress is toxic to the mind, body and soul. People tend to carry their stress differently. For some, it controls their thoughts and denies them the ability to work or focus on anything. For others, it manifests itself emotionally, causing depression, anger or high amounts of anxiety. And still others find that their stress is carried in their bodies, causing tension, stiff muscles and even inflammation.

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