“Six Reasons Why Your Back Is Hurting” is a collaborative post. Please see the disclosure page for more information. Disclaimer – always verify medical information with your doctor or a professional. Several years ago I had to have back surgery due to pack pain caused by a herniated disc. Be sure to contact a medical professional if you are experiencing pain.
At some point in our lives, we all have to deal with pain, especially back pain. Ranging from sharp and shooting pains to dull or throbbing aches, back pain can come and go suddenly, stick around for a while, and get worse with exercise or even prolonged sitting. It feels different to everyone experiencing it, as there are many different causes, but it has the same significant impact nonetheless. With that in mind, here are six reasons why your back may be hurting.
Sitting Down All Day
Sitting down encourages you to slouch, especially when you’re sat on the couch with your feet up. This puts pressure on your spine, pushing your intervertebral discs backwards. It can also cause your muscles to tighten up, as they get used to being in that position. To avoid this, you should stand up, walk around, and stretch out regularly. Switching to a standing desk helps too.
Walking In High Heels
You don’t want to be sat around all day, but when you do walk around, you should think carefully about what you put on your feet. As stylish as your killer heels may be, they throw off your center of gravity, causing you to lean forwards. Like sitting, this puts pressure on the lower back too. Because of this, you should wear flats most of the time and keep heels for special occasions.
Eating The Wrong Foods
Pain is one of the most common symptoms of gallbladder disease, which can be triggered by an unhealthy diet. Although the pain tends to start in the abdominal area, it can spread to the back in severe cases. Unhealthy foods can also cause inflammation throughout the body, including the back. You can reduce this inflammation by only eating whole foods, like fruits and vegetables.
Forgetting To Drink Water
The bones that make up your spine have small discs between them. Each of those is made up of mostly water to form a substance almost like jelly. Without a steady stream of water, these discs become flat, providing less cushioning. This can lead to a lot of pain. For this reason, you should aim to drink more water each day. If you don’t like the taste, you can try adding fruit.
Wearing Clothes Too Tight
Skinny jeans may be in right now, but wearing them can do a number on your back. This is because these tight garments constrict your body, limiting its range of motion. Trying to move, therefore, can strain your neck, shoulders, and back. Anyone not wanting to ditch the trend should look for stretchy fabrics and ensure that they can easily fit a finger under the waistband.
Letting Stress Build Up
Emotional stress affects our bodies much more than most people realize. As well as causing muscles to tighten and changing our posture, stress also triggers the release of chemicals that can damage the body. This makes combating your stress incredibly important. There are a number of ways that you could go about this, from taking up yoga to writing in a journal.
Hopefully, the advice above can help you to deal with pain if your back is hurting. Always check with your doctor regarding medical questions and advice. If symptoms continue to persist, however, you should seek advice from a professional.