Have you noticed that unusual crick in your neck or the pull on your back lately? Can you believe it just might be because of our dependence on our devices?
I mean look at how we are sitting and constantly looking down. Is that possibly the culprit for why we are having some pain?
Is it possible that our everyday activities are causing us to rethink how we use them? Yup, it just might be. Read on for some tips to make it less painful.
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Have you ever suffered from back pain? According to research, over half of us do to some degree.
This can sometimes be attributed to a spinal injury or a hereditary condition, but for most of us, the pain we feel is down to our own bad habits during the activities we carry out during the day.
While this won’t always constitute a visit to a spine surgeon, we should still take measures to improve our posture during our daily activities to avoid the situation becoming worse.
The following activities may be adding to your back pain.
- Vacuuming your home
If you have ever felt a twinge in your back while vacuuming, it’s because… a) you’re stooping over for too long, b) twisting your body with the movement of your vacuum, or c) vacuuming for extended periods. Whatever the case, you need to adhere to better habits.
I am always hoping a magic genie would show up and do the vacuuming, do you too? But these tips really make sense in case that genie does not show up. And do follow them.It can make a huge change in how we feel.
Tip: Keep your back straight while vacuuming, and move your arms rather than your lower back. Then monitor the amount of vacuuming you do.
Don’t go for the whole house in one go, but do it in stages or share the chore with somebody else.
You need to put your health first, above and beyond your standards of cleanliness, so take the appropriate measures to help you manage this common household task.
- Watching the television
It’s true, watching too much TV can be bad for us, especially where our backs are concerned.
From slouching in our sofas to leaning forwards during a tense moment during our favorite TV shows, we aren’t doing our backs any favors.
Tip: Sit up with your back straight, and resist the urge to slouch. Use cushions to prop you up if you need to.
Then ensure you are sitting face-to-face with your TV. You will be hurting both your upper back and your neck if you are constantly viewing from an angle, so maneuver yourself and your furniture until you are in the optimum viewing position.
You should also do yourself a favor and stretch your legs once in a while.
Despite your Netflix addiction, you still need to exercise, as sitting in one position for too long can cause stiffness and pain in your back, neck, and legs.
- Using your smartphone
Most of us are glued to one mobile device or another, and this is unhealthy in all sorts of ways. This is particularly true when it comes to our neck and upper back.
By looking downwards constantly, whether you’re texting, checking Facebook, or whatever, you are causing muscle stiffness. Your next social media status update will be ‘I am in pain’ if you continue with this bad habit.
Tip: For starters, reduce the amount of time you spend using your mobile device.
The world won’t end if you don’t update your status every five minutes – nobody really cares anyway!
Still, if you do have to answer a text or send that tweet to tell everybody you still exist, hold your device at chest height.
By looking directly into your phone rather than down, you are reducing the strain on your neck and upper back.
By reducing the amount of time you spend doing these activities, and by making the effort to improve your posture while doing them, you should alleviate the pressure on your back.
However, always see your doctor or physiotherapist if you have any concerns. While many back complaints are down to our own bad habits, there may be other reasons for your back pain that require informed medical advice.
So here we go, ways to make our every day activities not be harmful to our health. But the question is, are we willing to take these tips and make our bodies more comfortable?
Change the way we vacuum, watch TV and hold our devices can truly make a huge difference in how we feel. And it is so simple to rectify these options. Let’s give it a try, yes?
I know for me, I am so aware that holding my devices down is really not comfortable, so propping them on something or holding it at our eyes level really makes a huge difference.
I do hope you will try these out and let me know what works for you.
In peace and gratitude,
Founder, CEO, success-full-living.com
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