For some, pain is a result of the stress we put on our bodies daily. For others, it may be the result of some hobbies we use to relieve such stress.
Back pain, although very common, can debilitate us early in the mornings and while we work.
Back pain can be the result of improper posture while performing certain physical activities. It’s essential to follow proper form to avoid injury.
Improper footwear while enjoying certain hobbies can also contribute to back pain. The wrong type of shoe can affect your posture and lack the necessary stability causing pain.
Our hobbies might seem exciting and fun, but are they doing more harm than good?
Hobbies That Affect Back Pain
Hobbies that will be dangerous for your back include sports, exercises, and other activities you do at home that require you to be sedentary for long periods.
Certain types of sports can cause significant injury to your back, especially the lower area. Two of these include golf and tennis.
In golf, the proper form requires the upper body to act quickly in the swing. Simultaneously, you need to keep the lower body still, which causes tension in the back.
Tennis is also a physically demanding sport. Tension is placed on the lower back, hips, and legs when the player prepares to serve with power.
We exercise to strengthen our bodies to prevent injuries in our daily lives. But some exercises, depending on how you perform them, can result in injury.
Weight lifting is a popular form of exercise that helps a person show strength and definition in the body. Many injuries to the back are a result of poor lifting techniques. A rounded back, for example, will put stress on the tissue surrounding the spine.
Another hobby that can be healthy is going for hikes. However, hikers should keep in mind that they need the correct type of backpack to distribute the weight evenly on their bodies. Also, remember to arrange the items in your backpack in a way that distributes the weight evenly in it.
Hobbies at Home
One of the first recommendations people give for any kind of pain is rest as much as possible. But activities that require you to be sedentary for long periods can cause back pain.
Activities such as playing guitar, playing video games, and sewing or knitting will weaken the muscles that give your back stability. Getting lost in these activities leads to a person hunching forward, disrupting the spinal alignment. The stress will weigh down on the disc in your spine and possibly pinch nerves, which would cause discomfort and pain.
Return to Your Hobbies
These tips might not have come to your attention before injuring yourself. At Spinal Health and Wellness, we offer various options to treat your back pain, including spinal decompression, physical therapy, and soft tissue therapy.
Request an appointment and help us get you back to feeling good as new.