Feeling that ache running down your spine and radiating to your back? You must be wondering how you got it. After all, you didn’t lift anything heavy in the last few days, didn’t practice any crazy dance moves in front of the mirror and weren’t even trying to show off your awesome skills at sports! Then, how did this terrible ache happen?
It happened because you were doing your daily chores all wrong! Blinking your eyes at what you just read in confusion? It’s still actually true, though. The way you do everyday things can damage your spine.
What are these activities and how can you fix them? We’ve got the answers to all of your questions!
1. The Way You Brush Your Teeth
Bending over the basin while brushing your teeth is terribly wrong. When you’re on your feet, the pressure applied on your spine becomes automatically higher than say, when you are walking. If you bend on top of that, this pressure increases. You need to reduce this pressure, especially if you have to stand for hours in a day.
The right way to do it: While brushing your teeth, make sure to stand straight. Place a hand on the wall to lean if you have to with the other hand free.
2. The Way You Wash The Dishes
When washing up, we usually stand in a half-bent position with strained arms. Because of this, the intervertebral discs of the thoracic section quickly wear out, which leads to pains between the shoulder blades.
The right way to do it: Put a chair or a stool under your knee when you wash up. This will help lower the pressure.
3. The Way You Change The Wheel Of Your Car
Partially squatting as if you are sitting on a make-believe chair is hardly the ideal position to be in while you are changing the tire of your car. Such a position can give rise to a bad case of back pain throughout the day.
The right way to do it: When changing the wheel of your car, do not get into the semi-squatting position. Sit on your knees on the ground next to the wheel so that you are at par with the fender of your car.
4. The Way You Carry Shopping Bags
How do you carry your bag? Well, the way you carry your bag can reveal a lot about your health and your risk of suffering from back pain. Most of us carry over-stuffed or heavy bags on a single shoulder. By doing so, the pressure on that shoulder, arm and back is more, which further damages the back. It also leads to an imbalance in the body and elevates a single shoulder, putting pressure on the spine. Here’s more on everyday items that are killing your back.
Tip: Always carry a heavy bag over both the shoulders, like a backpack. If you carry a sling bag, make sure to carry it over the shoulder as it lowers the chances of the bag slipping and also minimises the risk of straining the back and twisting the shoulder.
5. The Way You Sweep The Floor
Sweeping your floor with your back bent forward is an absolute no-no when it comes to your spine. Your legs would be strained, and so would be your back and arms – all of which is just not right for you.
The right way to do it: Chuck the floorcloth if you are sweeping your floor and get a mop with a large handle instead. Ideally, you should be standing while cleaning the floor.
6. The Way You Tie Your Shoelaces
Everything we do in a bent posture harms our intervertebral discs. Under constant pressure, nutritional substances leave the spine, and it flattens. This results in pressing and jabbing pains in one area or another. A new supply of necessary elements is only refilled when our bodies feel comfortable — for instance, in sleep. In light of this, it’s crucial that we monitor the sensations in our backs during the day and don’t put them to a strength test.
The right way to do it: It’s recommended to lace your shoes when seated and with your leg pulled up. Don’t do it crouched on the floor or standing and bending over.
7. The Way You Carry Your Backpack
Carrying your backpack on one shoulder may appear cool in the movies, but it is not cool for your spine.
The right way to do it: Your backpack has two straps, and you should slide on each strap on each shoulder. Also, make sure you use backpacks with soft, wide, and sturdy straps that add more support.
8. The Way You Get Heavy Objects Down From A Height
Stretching your arms and back up to get a heavy object down from a height can gradually stretch and wear out your spine.
The right way to do it: Place a stool or chair on the ground and climb on it to reach the height where the object is placed. It should be at the same level as your chest.
Doing these everyday activities the right way can save your spine from a lot of discomfort, aches, and pains in the future. So, make sure you follow the ways listed above.