Avoid These 11 Common Activities That May Damage Your Spine

8Excessive use of mobile phones

According to a recent study, reading a simple text message can add up to 45 lbs of pressure on your spinal cord. If you use your phone every day, it adds a heavier load on the cervical spine and results in a loss of its natural curve. This affects teenagers more than anyone else.

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As per estimates calculated by scientists, people tend to use their mobile phones 2-4 hours a day on average. This means that their necks remain bent for 700 to 1,400 hours a year. Constantly putting your neck and spine in this incorrect posture will lead to serious and chronic spinal curvature which will begin to show at some point when you can’t stand straight.

How to prevent this:

In order to prevent the usage of your mobile phone from becoming one of the many spine damaging activities you do, always be mindful of your body’s position when you use it. Learn to control your posture when using your phone.

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9Lifting heavy objects from above

Your spine stretches out whenever you reach up for something. So when you try to lift a suitcase from up above, even if it’s empty, the entire weight of the suitcase will fall on your spinal discs. It is the same as a brick falling on a balloon. Although your spinal disc won’t burst, doing something like this regularly will damage it over time.

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How to prevent this:

Use a chair when you have to take something heavy from above so that it can reduce the pressure. It would be ideal to have the weight at the level of your chest.

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10Standing and working

While sitting too much can be harmful, having to stand for a long time can be equally harmful for your health. The way you stand can have a huge impact on your neck, shoulders, and spine. That’s why standing in the wrong posture while working can have serious consequences on your spinal cord. It can cause serious curvatures and chronic pain.

How to prevent this:

You need to stand in a way which puts minimum strain on your muscles and ligaments, especially those that hold the spinal cord. This needs to be kept in mind even when you move around or do sports.

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11Changing the wheel of your car

When you have to change the wheel of your car yourself, you will definitely face this challenge. In this case, most car owners change the wheel in an awkward bent posture which can give them back pain for the rest of the day.

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How to prevent this:

Instead of bending over to change the wheel, just sit on the ground next to it and do what needs to be done. This will put your eyes on the same level as the car’s fender as well and prevent it from being like most other spine damaging activities.

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