7 Ways to Destroy Your Spine and How to Avoid Them!

Back issues, and chronic spinal pain, have become more common in the last few decades . . .
Back issues, and chronic spinal pain, have become more common in the last few decades . . .

. . . with both young and old people struggling on a daily basis to try to figure out what could be done to make the pain disappear!

There are actually many factors that can lead to bad posture and chronic pain, including, a sedentary lifestyle, and some unhealthy everyday habits! Let’s go through seven of them, and see how they effect your spinal health.


Smoking

The nicotine in cigarette smoke can stifle healthy blood flow around the spinal cord.
The nicotine in cigarette smoke can stifle healthy blood flow around the spinal cord.

Obviously, smoking is not a harmless habit! It is a dangerous one that can cause you many health issues and deadly diseases including, cancer. Aside from the known cancer dangers of this additive habit, smoking can- surprisingly- cause you chronic backaches! The nicotine contained in cigarettes is found to disrupt the normal blood flow around the spinal cord. And without normal blood flow, nerves can begin to lose their functionality. Please: don't smoke!

Disruption of Circadian Rhythm

Chart showing normal daily Circadian Rhythm.
Chart showing normal daily Circadian Rhythm.

According to some researchers, good condition of the cells in intervertebral discs depends on the stability of your day/night cycle. This means that when your daily circadian rhythm is disrupted, the intervertebral discs start to function poorly, which eventually leads to inflammation, degeneration of the disks, and chronic lower back pains. Studies also show that some chemical substances with natural inflammatory properties are produced in our bodies during the day. The wisest thing to do is to stick to a stable sleep pattern which provides a regular time for your body to deal with these chemicals.


Working While Standing in Awkward Positions

If done properly, standing can relieve back pain. If not, it can make it much worse.
If done properly, standing can relieve back pain. If not, it can make it much worse.

If you think that slumped sitting for hours can hurt you, then, you need to know that standing too much can also damage your spine, if it's not done carefully.

In fact, a poor standing position can greatly affect your neck, spine, and shoulders. It can increase your risk of getting serious spinal curvatures and experiencing increasing chronic pain.

Maintain the health of your muscles and joints by standing, sitting and laying in stress-minimizing positions. Avoid stressing your your body and hold control of your spinal cord- with a back brace, it need be- while moving or doing physical activities.


Wearing the wrong shoes

A perfect example of imperfect shoe design that can wreck your legs, back and posture.
A perfect example of imperfect shoe design that can wreck your legs, back and posture.

The shoes you wear can hugely affect the health of your spine. Wearing poorly or unusually designed, cheaply made, or just plain old uncomfortable shoes on a regular basis can cause a strain on your legs- particularly in the calves if you wear high heels- which automatically leads to backaches. Therefore, it is extremely important to opt for the high-quality, well-designed, decently arched, more conservatively-designed shoe. And don’t forget to wear socks in order to avoid any friction or feelings of discomfort.

Not enough sleep

Spinal health, and the health of your whole body, depends on sufficient, deep sleep.
Spinal health, and the health of your whole body, depends on sufficient, deep sleep.

Getting enough rest, especially after a long and exhausting day is crucial, a necessity that is considered to be a key part of a healthy lifestyle! Whenever you experience a discomfort in your back, be aware that your body is actually sending you a message, begging you to rest. It’s true that it’s not always possible to rest and respond to your body’s needs immediately, but once you do have time, try to relax, even if the pain has disappeared. Sleep in a cool, well-darkened, quiet room to maximize the quality of sleep you experience. If you sleep supine (face up), put a pillow or bolster under your knees to relieve some of the strain on your lower back as you sleep.


Bending Over to Use Mobile Phones

Minimize use of your phone when humped over in awkward, poor posture positions.
Minimize use of your phone when humped over in awkward, poor posture positions.

According to a recent study, using mobile phones on a daily basis can cause painful issues at the level of the cervical (upper) spine. It can even lead to a loss of the natural cervical curve of the spine. This issue is more common in young people and more particularly teenagers. Even worse, work by therapist Eric Dalton reveals that bending your neck forward to write a simple text message on the phone in your lap adds over 40 pounds of pressure to the neck. Combining that forward bend with the tendency to use this position for several hours a day, means that the neck remains bent for hours, which is definitely a health no-no! The constant incorrect posture can lead to chronic spinal curvature and many other serious complications. And when you must use your mobile phone, remember to control your posture while using it: your spine will appreciate it.

Lack of Weight-Bearing, Physical Exercise

Your bones respond to the demands put upon them. Exercise to strengthen your spine!
Your bones respond to the demands put upon them. Exercise to strengthen your spine!

Some people get it all wrong and think that by avoiding movements, they are safe from backaches. Quite the opposite is true! Your body is continually “remodeling” itself in response to the exercise(s) exerted upon it. If this weren’t true, how could bodybuilders ever build their bodies? You should commit to a balanced program of aerobic activity, strengthening exercises, and exercises- such as Tai Chi or yoga- which promote flexibility and smooth movement of the spine. Keep your muscles moving and during exercise, try to move and stretch slowly. Once, your body gets used to these exercises, try to increase the number of repetitions, and then their complexity and intensity.

Let common sense rule your actions to maintain good spinal health. Sleep well, get enough exercise, lift with your legs, hold your body in postures that do not strain your neck and back, and don't wear shoes that would contribute to poor posture by reducing blood circulation. If you have questions about your spinal health, consider a discussion with a board certified chiropractor or kinesiologist.


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  • I totally agree with exercises part. Building your back muscles can help with your posture. I can keep my back straighter. since i started to workout.

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  • 7 Ways to Destroy Your Spine and How to Avoid Them!
    My Chiropractor hesitated to agree because he believes this'll hurt his business but he said the Teeter Hang-Up is gonna be helpful to a majority as long as they don't have aneurysm (especially brain). Aside from the massages I usually get, don't agree that this'll be a good complement?

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  • Great mytake. I use to have scoliosis and I believe it was due to bad posture

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    • Thank you. According to Mayo Clinic, scoliosis DOES have a hereditary basis- it runs in families. Less common causes include, birth defects, uneven growth spurts just before puberty, neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy, or muscular dystrophy, and injury/posture/infection problems.

  • Is that why my back hurts

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  • This is great lol

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  • Great take

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  • I get told sitting like this can also ruin your spine which I find it kinda hard to believe. At least you didn't mention it there But I don't know. My spine hurts sitting like this.

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    • If the girl pictured is using her arms (to hold herself up) or back to sit up straight, it would be bad. If she is using her "core" to sit up, then it would be less bad. :-)

    • When I consider a topic on which to write and there are literally dozens of options to include on that topic (such as various causes of back pain), I have to decide which to include and which to omit. It's a rough decision. There are many reasons to consider (will a lot of people relate to it, is it rather easily understood without too much technical jargon, can I find a decent picture to illustrate it, etc.) . In every myTake, there were other options and many Gag'ers mentioned some of them. I'm glad they did: it's good proof that they are reading them. :- ) So, while by their very nature myTakes are not inclusive (including every facet) of a topic, I DO try to make them representative (including a wide sampling) of the various facets of the topic. Thank you for your comments- I appreciate them.

  • It's too late for my back, but this is great advice for those who haven't permanently injured their backs :)

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  • Thank you, I really screwed up my Circadian Rhythm and I definitely can't deadlift too much weight

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    • Re the CR problems. Get into a predictable daily routine. When you wake up in the morning, step outside and stand in the sunshine for a few minutes, take a walk near lunchtime, don't have a nap, have a light supper and after that, avoid more food and start dimming lights until bedtime. Sleep in a dark, cool room. And when you get up in the morning - resist the urge to "sleep in".

  • I love to destroy my spine it kinda turns me on I don't know why

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  • Damn, nothing about performing too much demanding physical labor?

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    • If the labor is general in nature (recruiting muscles from all over the body) within physical limits, it should help keep one in shape. If there is repetitive focused movement (at with a typist, mechanic, dentist, etc.) then that can create repetitive stress syndromes.

  • love the mytake. I think my spine and back is gone.. as well as my feet

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  • #1 Don't get in a car or bike accident. :)

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  • That is very true
    Great take😉

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  • Thank you

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  • You forgot about crossfit

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