A Backache Evaluation For Back Pain
Backaches are a pretty common life occurrence. Things like sitting or standing improperly or just over-using the muscles can cause episodes of pain. Back pain can also come from physical injuries due to falling or bending the wrong way. Some sources of pain are unavoidable, while others we bring upon ourselves. If you have nagging back pain, and can’t figure out what caused it, you may want to consider your attire and accessories. Many women, myself included, love wearing high-heeled shoes. Not only are they stylish but they can also complete an outfit. Women everywhere are wearing high heels. Super models and businesswomen alike are constantly photographed wearing heels. It’s an image that we have learned since childhood. They can be cute but they can also damage your back and cause pain.
High heels alter the balanced position of a person’s body. When a woman wears high heels, a new dynamic equilibrium occurs. Heels force your body weight to be thrown forward, and the muscles in your back must work overtime to counteract this. Essentially, wearing high heels for any length of time increases the normal forward curve of the back and causes the pelvis to tip forward. This causes abnormal mechanics of the pelvis and spine to maintain the center of gravity. Women who wear heels on a daily basis can suffer not only from back pain but also from bunions, misshapen muscles, curvature of the spine, painful knee and hip issues and osteoarthritis. That sounds cute doesn’t it? Let’s not forget fallen arches and unsightly calluses. As you wear heels through the day, your body weight is pressed down on your toes rather than the entire foot. Heels also make your legs, feet, and hips work in opposition to the way they were designed to work. This uneven pressure on your feet adds stress to your bones, muscles and tendons. Add the average 10,000 steps a day that most people take to that, and it may start to make sense why your feet and back are hurting.
To help your feet, limit the time you wear your heels. If you feel you can’t go to work without them, there are things you can do to help your feet. Take a pair of slippers or flat shoes with you to work and while you are sitting at your desk, you can slip them off and put on the more comfortable footwear to give your feet a break. You can also wear sneakers to and from work and change into your heels when you arrive at work. If you need to wear heels during the day, make sure to stretch your legs throughout the day.
Choose a lower and wider heel when shopping for shoes. Though a wider heel won’t lessen foot pain or the effects of wearing heels, they will give you a wider base support. This will help with significantly decreasing the chances of suffering from a twisted ankle. A lower heel will also put less strain on your whole body and can be just as nice looking as the higher versions. Get the best shoe fit possible, and take note that it is best to shop in the late afternoon, since your feet expand during the day. If you buy your shoes when your feet are at their largest size, you will guarantee a much more comfortable fit. Additionally, wearing a tight shoe adds even more stress to your muscles and bones. Avoid shoes that come to a point at the toe. When you wear these shoes, your toes are pushed into an unnatural position that can damage joints in the toes over time.
Another unhealthy fashion statement is the use of heavy purses, backpacks and handbags. Women and men alike tend to carry too many items in one bag or briefcase, and are often not aware of the potential health risks associated with toting an excessive amount of “stuff.” Improper balance can be caused by carrying a bag that weighs more than 10 percent of one’s body weight. When a bag is perched on a single shoulder, it will interfere with the natural movement of the body. This is due to the fact that body will subconsciously hike the other shoulder higher to counteract the weight. The combination of the extra weight and the hiking of the shoulder will cause the spine to curve. Many men and some women carry their credit cards, ATM cards and personal identification in the back pocket of their pants. This might be a convenient way to carry your items, but carrying your wallet in the back pocket of your pants can cause discomfort. It is suggested that men and women both remove their wallets or other items before sitting for long periods of time. Sitting on your wallet can cause a mechanical imbalance in the pelvis and low back, which can result in joint and muscle pain. In today’s society, it is important for you to look your best, but it is more important to choose clothes and accessories that are comfortable and don’t cause pain. By following these simple suggestions, it is possible to look and feel your best.
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