If you find yourself frequently battling back pain, chances are that there are some easy lifestyle changes you can make to better support and care for your spine. Below are four tips for incorporating back-friendly habits into your day.
For those of us who spend most of our day sitting, it’s extremely important to stretch every twenty minutes or so. Since most of us bend forward over our workstations, generally the best direction to bend while stretching is backwards.
Lower The Heels
A healthier back doesn’t necessarily mean no heels–just trade stilettos in for something a bit shorter and more comfortable. Pinterest has great visual guides to fashionable short heels, and many retailers now provide filters on their website for heel heights, making it easier than ever to find low heels or flats that match your style and sensibilities.
Make Your Workplace Back Friendly
Use a chair that provides lower back support, allows your feet to be planted firmly on the floor, and is set up so that you do not need to hunch forward to work.
Nix The Nicotine
Need another reason to quit smoking? Smoking can increase your risk for osteoporosis of the spine, and other complications that spell bad news for your back.