Our backs take an inordinate amount of punishment over the course of our lifetime. Despite the spine’s toughness, most actions we perform put some type of strain on it – even sleeping in an awkward position can cause issues.
Anyone looking to lead a healthy lifestyle should make back safety their primary concern. It’s said that the entire body suffers when the spine is corrupt, and it’s not hard to see why this could be true.
Back safety issues
The threats to your back are many. The most obvious one comes from lifting moderate or heavy objects, especially if you’re carrying them around. Ideally, when carrying something around, you should always maintain perfect posture in order to avoid injury, but we all know this isn’t possible.
The heavier an object is, the more we are inclined to ‘lean in’ or bend our spine in a way that makes the load easier to bear. While this provides momentary relief and makes us feel as if we gamed the system, all we’re really doing is increasing the risk of injury to the spine, its vertebrae or the nervous system.
Life goes on with its course, and we can rarely say no when it’s time to do the heavy lifting, whether as part of our job, an exercise, or something that we do in our free time. True as this may be, you should be honest with yourself after you’ve done some heavy or sudden lifting – did you start feeling pain as a result, or feel as if something is out of place? Don’t try to toughen it up, as doing so will merely aggravate the injury.
They might seem cushy, but chairs and desks are actually the killers of our backs. Unless you’re sitting in a state-of-the-art ergonomic chair and holding perfect posture, your office chair is probably creating just as many back safety issues as a heavy boulder on your shoulder would. This is especially important if you are pregnant. You should see a pregnancy chiropractor if you are pregnant and experiencing aggravated and ongoing back pain.
Knowing when to see a chiropractor
It’s in our nature to delay seeing a doctor until we can no longer avoid it. It takes time away from your busy schedule, costs a bit of money, and generally contributes to you feeling as if there’s something wrong with you.
Yet the key to fixing back problems is recognizing them early on. We’d all have perfect posture if we started wearing neck braces as soon as we started posturing in our teens, but there’s still time to fix things.
If you feel pain or aches in your bones or joints, be they dull or sharp, it’s time to visit a chiropractor. It’s not just back pain you should worry about – the spine is connected to our entire body, and limb issues can easily arise when the back is suffering.
Similarly, if you feel that your ability to perform physical tasks diminished over the course of weeks, months or even years, there’s no reason to postpone a visit to the chiropractor any longer. Don’t write it off as a lack of sleep or poor nutrition – let a professional figure out what’s troubling you.