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Does Your Back Hurt? Three Lifestyle Habits Causing You Pain

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Back pain is something most, if not everyone, experiences at some point in their life. Often times, back pain is caused by lifestyle and bad habits. If you are suffering from pain in your back, one of these three lifestyle habits might be to blame:

1. You Spend Too Much Time Driving

It may sound odd, but it is possible that your back pain is caused by the amount of time you spend in your car. While you are in your car driving, you probably sit a little hunched over in order to grasp the steering wheel or see out of the window. This sitting position puts pressure on your chest and shoulders, which results in pain in the back, neck, and shoulders.

If you have a long commute, don't worry. You can reduce back pain by sitting in the proper position. While driving, you should be sitting at a 90-degree angle. In addition, make sure that you are situated close enough to the steering wheel so that you do not need to hunch to grasp it.

2. Your Purse is Too Heavy

A purse is a handy accessory that lets you carry all of your essential items with you wherever you go. Unfortunately, it may be a cause of your back pain if it weighs too much. The average women carries a whopping 6-8 pounds of items in her purse—so it's no wonder it causes back pain.

If you find that your purse is on the heavy side, purge it. Eliminate items that you do not use on a regular basis: makeup, charger cords, coins, and bottles. If you find that your purse is still heavy, consider carrying two purses. Split what you carry into each purse and carry one on each shoulder; it will help even out the load and reduce pain.

3. Your Shoes

Specific types of shoes can wreak havoc on your feet, posture, and back. If you constantly wear high heels or flats, you are probably causing yourself unnecessary back pain. Sandals can also cause back pain, especially if they are not supportive.

To reduce back pain, make sure you are wearing supportive shoes. If you need to wear heels, opt for a lower heel. If you need to wear flats, make sure you opt for a pair that has support—and make sure you can't bend the shoe. If you do not want to get rid of your shoes, opt for removable inserts or orthotics.

It may be surprising to you, but these habits are all too common for most people—and they can be very painful. By fixing these three bad lifestyle habits, you can reduce—or eliminate—back pain. However, if you are still experiencing pain, you may need to visit a chiropractor for an adjustment.