In this health video you will learn how a man's bad habits may be harming his spine.
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Raena Morgan: I’m visiting with Dr. JaDean Anderson who’s a chiropractor. Dr. Anderson sometimes our habits cause misalignments like for example with the man, they lift a lot. What are some of the things that men do that cause misalignments? Dr. Anderson: Lots of times man that have very labor intense jobs where they’re lifting for many hours throughout the course of the day their lifting techniques get a little bit— Raena Morgan: Sloppy? Dr. Anderson: Yes. And that plays a part in stressing certain areas of your spine and because repetitive type injuries to your spine along with man that have really thick wallets that they put in their back pockets. That plays a part in changing their spine and how it’s aligned with sitting everyday. So if you have a big wallet on one side and it kind of tilt you off and your body has to compensate on that for a regular basis. Raena Morgan: And the man just doesn’t realize that his wallet is too thick. Dr. Anderson: And in lots of cases with these repetitive type injuries where you’re doing small things over and over and over throughout the course of the day and months and years, it causes a lot of small traumas build into one big one where you start to have the severe back pain or the chronic issues that take place. Raena Morgan: And a lot of lifting plays into it right? Dr. Anderson: Right. In those cases where men are lifting or women are lifting heavy objects, doing that over and over is very hard on ones back and keeping you feeling healthy. Raena Morgan: Does how we bend have an effect on our alignment? Dr. Anderson: It very much so if you are bending more at your waist than using your legs to help aide and getting you down to the objects that you’re picking up. It very much so strain your back and makes your muscles have to work harder and when that muscles are working it’s harder on your spine as well and that’s again where the repetitive injuries come to play. Raena Morgan: And those tight muscles will pull the vertebrae out of alignment, is that how it works? Dr. Anderson: In lots of cases yes. I guess the best example is shoveling snow and you’re picking up the shovel and then turning in the rotational component to the improper lifting is causing even more damage. Raena Morgan: Thank you Dr. Anderson.