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These Daily Habits Destroy Your Spine

 Back problems are very common in the 21st century, usually caused by a sedentary lifestyle and from holding or looking at new gadgets. While many reasons may be the cause of your bad posture and chronic pain, scientists are revealing ones that we bring upon ourselves. For example, your job could be the leading cause of a chronic backache. If you're not getting enough rest it is also bad for your posture too. Here are some popular habits, which according to scientists, lead to a chronic backache:
1. Smoking
everyday habits that destroy the spine

Smoking is a dangerous habit in itself, but aside from its dangers, it can cause backaches because nicotine disrupts the normal blood flow around the spinal cord. 

2. A disruption of circadian rhythms

Researchers found that the condition of the cells in intervertebral disks depends on how stable your day and night cycle is. According to scientists, when our circadian rhythms are disrupted, either due to age, chronic insomnia, and night shifts, these cells start to function badly, leading to chronic inflammation which makes us more susceptible to the development of pain in the lower back and the degeneration of intervertebral disks.

Other studies showed that some natural anti-inflammatory chemical substance in our bodies are produced better throughout the day. To slow down the aging of the spinal cord you should stick to a schedule that doesn't make you feel like a zombie in the middle of the day. 

3. Working while standing
everyday habits that destroy the spine

While sitting too much is harmful, the necessity to stand all the time can be just as harmful to your health. The way you stand can have an impact on the condition of your neck, spine, and shoulders. A bad posture can have terrible consequences when it comes to your spinal cord, causing chronic pain and serious curvatures. In order to stay healthy, our muscles and joints need flexibility and bad posture is one of the first signs that you are doing something wrong.

If your head or shoulders are in the wrong position, it means that you aren't controlling the upper part of your body well enough. This may lead to curvatures and makes your body have to compensate for the bad posture during movement, leading to even bigger stress on the body. So, to avoid having bad posture, we need to stand, sit and lie in ways that have the least strain on our muscles and ligaments.

4. Wearing the wrong shoes

Another cause for backaches is wearing uncomfortable shoes. A great way to reduce the strain on your legs is to choose a more high-quality shoe. If you prefer sneakers, or would rather wear boots when the weather gets cold, put on socks to reduce friction and discomfort.

5. Not getting enough rest
everyday habits that destroy the spine

We rarely ever pay enough attention to the first alarming signs like a hardly noticeable backache. But, if you ever feel a slight discomfort in your back, it's vital that you take a rest. In addition, in order to reduce extra strain on your muscles, lie down and put your feet up. 

6. A job you hate 

Scientists from Australia have discovered that backaches are widely spread among people who feel unhappy at their job. But researchers didn't find any physiological problems - the pain is purely psychological. 

7. Too much mental work
everyday habits that destroy the spine

Sometimes, thinking too much can lead to backaches. So try to think about something other than work and your problems. Be sure to give yourself some time to rest. You can also engage in some sports, or watch a movie to help keep your mind off of your stressful problems. Thinking about something else can lessen your chances of getting a backache. 

8. We avoid movement to not experience back pain

Avoiding sports, especially the kind that requires the flexibility of the spine (such as yoga). It's important to keep moving and keep your muscles relaxed when they move and stretch slowly. As time progresses, gradually increase the number of exercises and their complexity and continue to move. 

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