August 20, 2018
If you suffer from back pain, then there are risk factors that you can control. For example, you can watch what you eat so you don’t gain too much weight. Be aware of your posture and stand up straight. Also, you can try different sleep positions to see which one is best for your back. One factor you cannot control is your height, and tall individuals may be more susceptible to back pain. If this is you, then schedule a consultation with a Dallas chiropractor. A treatment plan that includes chiropractic care, exercise and massage therapy can be very helpful.
Why Do Tall People Have Back Pain?
Whether short or tall, people all have the same number of vertebrates in their spine. And therein lies the problem. We may all have the same number, but taller people generally have vertebrates that are larger. But the size increase may not necessarily be proportional in width, making it harder for core muscles to resist the effects of those longer limbs and levers.
In addition, tall people may suffer from postural dysfunctions and muscle imbalances. They may be forced to slouch at a computer or sit in cramped quarters for long stretches of time. Ideally, your work and home space as well as your vehicle should be adjusted to your height so you don’t have to hunch over and strain muscles.
Relieving Back Pain if You’re Tall
If your job requires you to be seated, then this can put a strain on the lumbar (lower) region of your back. Add improper ergonomics such as a poorly designed desk chair and a workstation that is too small and you have a recipe for back pain. In this situation, you’ll probably slouch and hold your head forward with your shoulders rounded. This can overstretch your spinal ligaments and strain the discs.
Therefore, to avoid back pain you must set up your workstation to accommodate your height. If possible, work at a standing desk and elevate your computer monitor so you look straight ahead.
Similarly, make sure the driver’s compartment of your auto is set up for comfort. In addition to sitting for a long time, driving also requires you to hold the wheel and use the brake and accelerator. Ensure that you have good posture while seated to drive so you can avoid low back pain.
If you already have back pain, then schedule an appointment with a chiropractor in Dallas. Being tall doesn’t have to be a pain!
Meet the Doctor
Dr. Zinovy Chukhman is the chiropractor in Dallas who is trained and experienced in helping people short and tall get relief from back pain. If you need help, call the office today to schedule an appointment.
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