What is Really Causing Your Back Pain?

What is Really Causing Your Back Pain?

When back pain happens to you, it’s a far cry from enjoyable. And while no one likes to experience it, the pain itself is actually quite common. In fact, nearly every adult in the world has experienced back pain at some point during his or her life. But in many cases, back pain doesn’t actually begin in your back.

So, where does it start? Take a look at a few options that could be responsible for your back pain.

Causes of Back Pain

Hip Misalignment

Do you ever feel like you’re taking uneven steps? Frequently carrying a heavy bag to one side, poor posture, and not wearing supportive shoes can all contribute to hip misalignment leading to low back pain. Misaligned hips often begin as a result of a weak back, core or pelvic muscles and uneven shoe wear. It’s important to keep active to help these muscles.

Text-Neck

In today’s world, it seems that we’re all guilty of spending at least some amount of time each day looking down at our smartphones or tablets. Unfortunately, too much of this downward tilt can cause pain in your neck from overstretching tissue and muscles, eventually leading to spinal misalignment. Back pain as a result of text-neck is a compensation reaction, with the real issue being the neck.

Teenagers and younger children face the highest risk of suffering from symptoms of text-neck.

Prolonged Sitting

If you spend most of your day behind a desk, you could find yourself sitting for hours on end without much movement. Prolonged sitting compresses the spine and increases stress on the back, legs, arms and even neck. To combat back problems caused by long periods of sitting, set an alarm to remind yourself to get up and move every hour. Choosing an ergonomic chair, keyboard, and mouse pad for your workspace can also benefit your health.

If you have back problems, come on down to our Wellness Centre for some Yoga and many other exercises!