As a chiropractor, I’ve seen all kinds of people with all kinds of pains. But some of the most common pains I see come from people making simple mistakes in their daily lives. So, to help you avoid these mistakes, I’m going to share with you the 5 biggest mistakes people make causing pain!
Mistake #1: Sitting All Day
In today’s world, many people work jobs that require them to sit for long periods of time. This can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to your posture and spinal health. Sitting for long periods of time can lead to a variety of issues, including back pain, neck pain, and headaches.
To avoid these issues, it’s important to take breaks throughout the day and get up and move around. Whether you take a quick walk or just stand up and move your body, it can help you maintain better posture and prevent pain.
Mistake #2: Poor Posture
Speaking of posture, poor posture is a huge culprit when it comes to causing pain. Many people slouch when they sit, which can put undue stress on the spine and cause a variety of issues. Check your head position when looking at your phone, ‘text neck’ is a real thing.
To avoid this mistake, try to maintain good posture throughout the day. Sit up straight, keep your shoulders back, and raise your hand when looking at your phone.
Mistake #3: Lifting Heavy Objects Incorrectly
Many people don’t realize that lifting heavy objects incorrectly can cause serious pain and injury. When you lift something heavy, it’s important to use proper form to avoid straining your back or other muscles.
To avoid this mistake, remember to bend at the knees and lift with your legs, not your back. Keep the object close to your body and avoid twisting or turning while lifting.
Mistake #4: Wearing the Wrong Shoes
Believe it or not, your choice of footwear can have a big impact on your spinal health. Wearing shoes with improper support or cushioning can cause pain in your feet, legs, and even your back.
To avoid this mistake, make sure you’re wearing shoes that are flat, wide and flexible. If you’re on your feet a lot, consider investing in a pair of comfortable, supportive shoes designed for standing or walking such as Barefoot shoes or a brand called Groundies.
Mistake #5: Not Getting Enough Sleep
Finally, not getting enough sleep can also be a major contributor to pain. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body doesn’t have time to repair and recover, which can lead to pain and stiffness.
To avoid this mistake, make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and try to establish a consistent sleep schedule to help your body get into a routine.