If you regularly suffer from back pain, there are several measures you can take to reduce your suffering. The top methods of healing include exercising, stretching and adding a core strengthening program. One thing you may not have thought about, however, is changing your wardrobe. Surprisingly enough, your clothing choices can significantly contribute to your back pain. Simply avoiding certain items from your wardrobe can actually go a long way toward promoting healing.
High-heeled shoes can greatly affect your stance, causing a great deal of stress on your back. That’s because these shoes prevent your heel from striking the ground first as you walk. This in turn causes the pelvis to tilt, creating an abnormal arch that creates undo pressure on your spinal column. Also, heels can cause the calf muscles to shorten, which can lead to circulation problems, knee damage and back pain.
If you must wear heels consider wedge shoes, which provide a bit more stability than narrow heels do or heels less than 2 inches high. Or wear high-heels for only a short duration with minimal walking and standing time.
Pencil Skirts and Skinny Jeans
While pencil skirts and skinny jeans provide a slimming effect, they greatly restrict movement by making it difficult to move your knees, hips and waist. This reduces mobility and your ability to bend correctly. By restricting your movement, over time damage can occur in your knees or even affect the discs in your back. If you wear them on a regular basis, over time the damage and strain can become cumulative and can affect the discs in your back.
You may feel that an oversized handbag or backpack is necessary; however, one of the most common causes of back and shoulder pain is the repeated carrying of large bags. A backpack that is too heavy can force you to stoop or slouch, something that may eventually create pressure on your discs. Carrying a large purse on one shoulder causes one side of your body to become higher than the other, thereby affecting how you walk. You may even notice you continue walking “lopsided” even when you are not carrying your heavy bag.
Heavy necklaces and oversized earrings may inadvertently pull the head and neck out of position. Since the position of the neck is directly tied to good spinal alignment, even the slightest deviation from normal can have an adverse effect on your back.
Large-busted women in particular should pay careful attention to their bras, as choosing one without the right support can place more pressure than necessary on the shoulders. Avoid strapless bras or ones with very thin spaghetti straps, as these will provide inadequate support. You should also make sure the cups of your bra are not so tight that they cut into your skin.
In addition to fitting properly, your bra should have thick straps in order to distribute weight evenly across your shoulders. Choose racer-back sports bras for working out to ensure there is plenty of support for your upper back.
Chances are, you regularly choose one or more of these clothing options without even thinking about it. You don’t have to completely eliminate these items from your wardrobe, but wearing them in moderation is recommended if you would like to reduce instances of back pain.
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