Over the last 7 years, I have developed issues with back pain off & on. One of the most annoying problems has been sciatica nerve pain from a pulled muscle. Words can not express how painful this nerve irritation is but it can be described as a sharp pain that shoots down one side of the body. Most recently I have dealt with back pain from poor posture during the use of technology. After seeing a chiropractor for several months, research, & consistent healthy practices I am feeling much better. I thought I would be nice to share some of the habits that I have developed to maintain a healthy back.
- Limit or alter the use of laptops. Of course, when the doctor told me this, I almost screamed. Laptops, tablets, and cell phones are becoming a major culprit of many back and neck issues. I experienced excruciating pain in my neck and upper back this summer, from improper posture. These devices, of course, are a necessity at work and home for me, so what can a girl do? What was my answer? A laptop desk hack! This hack involves three options, depending on how you need to use your laptop. If you’re using your laptop at a desk, you’ll need a docking station with a second keyboard and mouse attached. (Docking Station Example) Option B: If you prefer lap use, you’ll need a lap table, laptop table stand or a simple tv table stand, second keyboard and mouse. (Laptop Lap Desk) Option C: If you work in a field in which requires to you to be mobile with your laptop, investing in a great laptop cart will be helping. (Mobile Laptop Cart with Keyboard Tray ) These laptop hacks help maintain proper typing posture every day and have been the most important habit in both giving by back time to heal and prevent further injuries. The key is ensuring that the arms are level with your waist, whether standing or sitting with laptops.
- It can be tempting to give up on exercising for long periods of time when dealing with any type of physical pain. However, exercising can be very beneficial to strengthening back muscles and relieving pain. I have found yoga to be very helpful in improving discomfort and increasing good back health, especially the postures designed to ease back pain. Always consult your doctor before beginning a new routine, especially when you are receiving care for an ongoing issue.
- Maintaining proper sitting, standing, and sleeping postures have been the most beneficial to improving my back pain and also prevents backaches and muscular pain. I’ve never had great posture, I’m a sloucher, so I really have to work at maintaining proper posture. Proper sleeping posture has been easy, seeing that its best to sleep on your side.
I’m sure that I will have to try to be consistent with the preceding habits to continue good back health and I will definitely not take for granted the importance of these good practices.