Unfortunately, equal rights do not apply to back pain, because the fact of the matter is women have it more than men. Why? Because women tend to be the caregivers, which means they are the ones schlepping the kids, the laundry and the groceries. That’s all in addition to having a full-time job that can add stress. So if your back hurts, you may need to look no further than your average daily routine to find the reason. And you don’t need to look far for back pain management in Richardson either. Dr. Chukhman offers several types of chiropractic treatment and related therapies for pain relief. In the meantime, read on to find out what you can do differently at home and at work to help your aching back.
Lighten That Load
Has anyone ever lifted your purse and asked, “Have you got bricks in this thing?” Overloading your purse can trigger back, neck and shoulder pain. If you happen to carry a shoulder bag, then the effects can be even worse, because most women tend to carry on the same shoulder time and time again.
A heavy purse can negatively impact posture and restrict the body from moving naturally. Remove non-essential items from your purse or choose to carry a backpack or cross-body bag instead.
Save the Heels
High heels can make an outfit, but they are no friend of your back. When you wear heals, your back arches more and your muscles tense for better balance. This can lead to pain.
Save your high heels for special occasions and wear supportive shoes on a daily basis. We’re not talking about orthopedic shoes. There are plenty of options that offer support, stability, flexibility and style.
Carry Me, Mommy
How many times does a mother of toddlers hear that in a day? And in order to keep one hand free, most moms carry a baby or toddler on one hip. This way, your hip sticks out and your whole body is thrown off kilter. There’s a risk of straining your back and ligaments.
The secret to avoiding back pain is to keep the child’s weight centered. Rather than holding the child on one hip, have him or her face you and wrap their legs around your waist. Alternatively, choose a back-friendly carrier that evenly distributes the baby’s weight.
Technology is great, but the downside is back, neck and shoulder pain. If you look down at your smart phone often to text, check email, post on Facebook, write a note to yourself, check the calendar—the list goes on and on—then you may notice pain. Too much time hunched over the phone or a computer can even lead to a pinched nerve.
Be sure to take breaks so you can give your back, head and neck a rest.
Take Time for Yourself
May 10-16 is National Women’s Health Week, so there’s no better time to take care of you. Stress can be a major factor in back pain, causing muscles to tense up. This can lead to all sorts of problems, including poor circulation, spinal misalignment and nerve-based back pain.
Get the relief you need! Call our office today to learn how pain management in Richardson can help your back.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. Zinovy Chukhman is a chiropractor in Richardson, Texas. He and his team at Align Right Chiropractic offer a variety of services to restore health and wellness, including chiropractic care, massage therapy, nutritional counseling and spinal decompression and rehabilitation.