5 things that cause back pain and easy posture exercises to fix it

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The sedentary lifestyles many of us lead can wreak havoc on our posture, and in turn, our backs.

“The big issue is people are spending too much time sitting and looking down on their cellphones,” said posture coach Austin Norris.

Norris works with clients to correct the damage done by that and other habits — like crossing our legs while sitting (massage therapists will always tell you that’s a no-no).

“Everything’s connected,” Norris explained.

“If you have a right ankle injury, if left untreated it will result in a left shoulder injury.

“The body works in really wild ways… It just kind of works itself up the system.”

Simple ways to improve your posture and alleviate back pain


Simple ways to improve your posture and alleviate back pain


Stretching exercises you can do at work to improve your posture


Practicing good posture


Ancient source of back problems

Here are some of things most of us do that contribute to our back problems, plus what Norris says you can do about it.

1. Problem: Your desk setup at work

Depending on how your chair and computer is positioned at work, you could be setting yourself up for a super sore neck.

READ MORE: 4 ways your digital gadgets are ruining your body

Easy fixes: 

When sitting at your desk, your elbows should be bent at 90 degrees and placed level with your desk. This prevents shoulder shrugging or forward slouching.You should be close enough to your desk that you can keep your upper arm bone (which runs from your shoulder to your elbow) relatively in line with your spine. This prevents reaching forward and slouching.Your computer monitor should be placed 10 to 15 degrees higher than your eyeline. This promotes a neutral rib cage position.Your core should be engaged 10 to 15 per cent while sitting. This involves sucking in your belly button slightly. Activating your deep core prevents spinal compression and leaning to one side.



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    2. ProblemLooking down at your cellphone

    We all do it. Our heads drift forward as we stare at our phones and computer screens.

    READ MORE: Why your smartphone is wreaking havoc on your back

    Easy fix: Be mindful of your head position and practice chin tucks regularly to strengthen the front of your neck and release the back of your neck.

    To do a chin tuck: look up as high as you can, Norris says, then move your head down as if you were going to tuck it into your throat. Repeat.

    WATCH: Norris demonstrates the proper way to do a chin tuck, and how your computer should be positioned at your desk.

    3. Problem: Sitting

    Prolonged sitting damages the cardiovascular, metabolic and musculoskeletal systems, Norris explains.

    READ MORE: 4 ways to combat sitting disease

    Easy fix: He recommends people stand up every 15 minutes, even if just for a minute. He says this will help prevent most of the health damage caused by sitting.

    WATCH: Simple exercises to stretch out your back after sitting all day.

    READ MORE: Sit up! How slouching leads to posture problem

    4. Problem: Footwear

    Certain footwear (like high heels) is also problematic. People’s body weight tends to be shifted forward so they don’t have stability in their ankles, which can lead to instability in their knees, hips and lower back.

    This can cause chronic tension and pain in these areas as the front side of the body often becomes very tight, and the back side becomes very weak.

    READ MORE: Clothing and accessories that can be harmful to your health

    Easy fixes:

    Wear comfortable flat shoes as much as possible.Be barefoot at home as much as possible.Do single leg balance moves (standing on one leg) whenever possible (while brushing your teeth, doing dishes or waiting for public transit). Try to place your weight evenly between your heel, base of the big toe and pinky toe.

    5. Problem: Carrying things

    Whether you’re carrying groceries or a purse, the extra weight on one side can put your back out of alignment.

    READ MORE: More exercises and stretches you can do at work

    Easy fix: Make sure to shift the load you’re carrying onto both sides to minimize the damage. Wearing a backpack – on both shoulders – can also help.

    WATCH: Keeping your back too straight can be problematic. Posture coach Austin Norris explains.

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