Approximately 80% of people in the world suffer from back pain during their entire life. According to experts, this pain is not always a symptom of a serious illness or injury. Often the real cause is risk factors that we all face on a daily basis. Today we are going to talk about these dangers in detail.

When we were kids, our parents used to tell us, “Keep your back straight!” However, amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we constantly forget this rule and only remember it when the pain begins.

We have compiled a list of common everyday risk factors that keep our back from staying healthy and can cause irritating pain.

Occupational Factor

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Back pain is not only common among people whose occupation involves heavy physical labor and heavy lifting. Cosmetologists, nail stylists, architects, drivers, engineers, office workers, and seamstresses are just a few of the professions that suffer from back pain on a daily basis.

Therefore, it is very important to take a short break from work at least once every hour. If possible, get up from the work area and do a brief warm-up, or at least stretch your legs a bit, all of which will reduce the strain on your back muscles.

Organizing Your Working Environment At Home

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You might think that after you get home from work, your back is no longer in danger. The cozy atmosphere of your house or apartment helps you relax and forget about maintaining proper posture.

However, considering the risk factors, all the daily household chores (such as washing dishes, preparing food, or ironing clothes) are equally harmful.

The important thing is to fully adjust the surrounding environment to your needs. The height of the sink, table, or ironing board should be appropriate for your height.

This is crucial to keeping your spine straight and your back muscles relaxed while doing things around the house.

Uncomfortable Shoes

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Trying to follow today’s beauty standards also comes at an often unbearable toll on our well-being. Mesmerized by the sight of a beautiful pair of high heels in a store window, we tend to forget that our footwear directly affects our posture.

Remember: it is not recommended to wear high heels more than 2 hours a day.

However, a completely flat sole exerts equally deep pressure on the spine. This is because your body weight is incorrectly distributed. As a result, an unnecessary load is placed on the back muscles.

Conclusion: flat-soled shoes aren’t for everyday wear either!

For routine activities, choose shoes with low heels. Also make sure your sandals and other summer shoes with straps support your toes and heel well.

Large Bags

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The current fashion trend of carrying oversized bags also poses a serious threat to the health of the back. This trend increases the temptation to put more and more things in your bag, regardless of whether those things are really useful or just become a mindless and heavy “dead weight”.

Take an honest look at the contents of your bag and remove all unnecessary items. Leave only the items that you really use every day.

A backpack is the ideal solution for everyday situations, as long as you use it correctly on two shoulders instead of one.

Adjust the straps so your backpack rests comfortably against your shoulder blades instead of hanging from your waist.

Tight-fitting Clothes

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Another sacrifice that fashion demands of us is to wear tight and uncomfortable clothes. Pencil skirts, dresses in narrow skirts, and skinny jeans (men wear these too) – all of these types of clothing visibly restrict freedom of movement and hinder blood circulation. Also, the back muscles tighten, leading to back pain later in the day.

For women, the choice of underwear also plays an important role. Shapewear puts a lot of pressure on the muscles, which interferes with blood circulation.

When choosing your bra for everyday wear, remember that comfort must come before beauty. We advise you to opt for pieces with wide straps.

Is there anything you would like to add to this list from your personal experience? Share your ideas and tips in the comments below!