If you are like me, living a sedentary life, you probably feel more than your share of back pain. Though a large number of people experience back pain of some sort at some point in their lives, the exact causes of back pain have not been pinpointed. There are many factors that can cause back pain, especially for cases wherein there has been physical injury. Yet a majority of the recurrent back pain cases cannot be attributed to a single factor.
If you think about the back being the workhorse of the body – it being the main support of the torso – it is but logical that this part of the body will feel stressed out most of the time. Add to this the fact that more and more people are starting to live sedentary lifestyles and you will definitely get more and more cases of back pain.
So how do we deal with this? Well, some of the greatest factors that may cause back pain include slouching in a chair for long periods of time, bad posture when standing, not keeping a straight back when driving, sleeping in a mattress that is uneven and too soft, and being unfit -Shall I go on? I am sure that like me, one or two things mentioned above hit home with you.
I think I shall start with the slouching. I spend 90% of my day on a chair working. I do slouch a lot as I like to put my feet up as well. So maybe starting today, I’ll make a conscious effort to sit up straight.
Originally posted on July 22, 2010 @ 10:35 am