8 Everyday Activities That Damage Your Spine and How to Correct Them
Many of us go through life taking one huge part of our anatomy for granted. That is your spine. The spine besides being the backbone of your body plays a major role in coordinating your daily functions and it needs utmost care throughout your life. Unfortunately, there are several common activities that harm your spine without you being aware of it. Which could result in you needing laser spine surgery. Here are eight such ways responsible for harming your spine.
8 Brushing your teeth
Standing puts more pressure on your spine than walking for a long period of time. If you find it necessary to stand for long hours a day, you should find ways and means to neutralize the harmful effects on your spine. When brushing your teeth, you can lean on the wall, a piece of furniture or even your sink with your free hand. Other functions also can be carried out with similar support.
7 Washing dishes
While washing dishes, most people tend to buckle up standing half bent or hunched with strained arms. This can wear out the intervertebral discs of the thoracic section causing pain between your shoulder blades. When washing dishes, place a stool or a chair beneath your knee for support. This reduces the pressure on the spine.
6 Changing a car wheel
Changing a car wheel is one of the most irritating experiences faced by every car owner because of factors of time, traffic and physical strain. But apart from all this, it can cause immense physical pressure on your spine especially when done the wrong way. Many tend to bend and perform the procedure. Instead you should sit on the ground next to the wheel with your eyes on the same level as the fender. In this way there is no spinal strain.
5 Carrying bags from the supermarket
Although this is an example of how not to carry bags from the supermarket, it also applies to carrying bags packed with other stuff too. When carrying heavy loads, never carry them in just one hand. That will add immense pressure on the side of spine corresponding to the hand carrying the bag. Balance the load by using two bags instead. When shopping, insist your groceries are divided into two bags rather than one.
Furthermore, when it involves lifting heavy objects, always do it with your knees bent so that no pressure is placed on the spine during lifting.
4 Washing the floor
Washing floor are one of the most common activities that harm your spine. Even if you wash or wax your floor once a week, it can be a grueling task and place immense pressure on your spine. It involves a strained back, arm lifting movements, lifting loads and of course exertion too. When washing the floor, use a mop, brush and floor cloth so that you can perform the task standing.
3 Lacing up your shoes
This is an extremely common mistake we make where the bending can harm our intervertebral discs. When pressure is exerted on the spine, nutrients leave it which then results in flattening. This is what causes shooting and sharp pains in various areas. New nutrients are again added to the spine when the body resumes a comfortable position. This is why you also need to ensure a comfortable sleeping position to protect your spine at night.
While lacing your shoes, remain seated and keep your leg pulled up, never crouch on the floor or even tie your shoe laces while bending over.
2 Carrying a backpack
Backpacks are popular with both kids and adults these days. However, with gadgets like laptops and tablets along with files and a student’s heavy books can make a backpack considerably heavy. Never carry a bag pack on one shoulder as it can impact the spine in a negative way. There is a reason why backpacks have two straps which is why you should use both so that the weight is distributed evenly across your back. Backpacks should ideally have wide soft straps for better shock absorption.
1 Taking heavy objects from above
Among activities that harm your spine, trying to remove a heavy object from a high cupboard or shelf can harm your spine if done awkwardly. It can stretch your spine and if by chance the object falls on your back, your spinal discs could get damaged even if the load isn’t too heavy. Once or twice may not be a problem but repeatedly doing so will ultimately lead to popping of the discs. Always use a chair to remove something from a higher level so that there is no pressure on your spine. The weight should be at chest level instead.