So there you are, sitting on the toilet, praying something will actually happen. This constipation is no fun, but you know what’s worse: the back strain you could end up with later from all that pushing.
And won’t that be a fun back injury to explain.
Difficult bowel movements that cause you to strain and push are unpleasant in and of themselves. Add in a back injury that results from your time on the toilet, and now you’ve gone from unpleasant to downright dreadful.
The best advice from doctors is to avoid the strain by treating constipation before it takes hold (eating right, exercising, drinking plenty of water), or quickly getting ahead of the situation with over-the-counter remedies so it doesn’t become serious enough to involve your back muscles and potentially cause a painful (and embarrassing) injury.
Turns out pooping isn’t the only weird way you can hurt your back. Here are four more:
Tying Your Shoes
Yes, positions can get you into trouble here, too! “Back pain isn’t just one of the most common reasons for skipping work. It can also affect your sex life,” said Everyday Health. If you already have a bad back, it can be intensely painful. But you can also suffer a back injury during intimacy and find yourself in a compromising position on the way to the hospital.
“New guidelines based on how the spine moves during intercourse could help,” they said.
While You’re Sleeping
You can’t possibly injure yourself while you’re asleep. That’s when you’re at your most relaxed and at the lowest risk for bodily harm. Right?
Actually, injuring your back while sleeping is not all that unusual, and is most commonly the result of a poor sleeping position.
“Sleeping on your side is actually encouraged for those suffering from back or hip pain or pregnant women, since this position doesn’t increase pain in these areas,” said The Better Sleep Council. “While there are many variations of sleeping on your side, all of which are beneficial in helping to alleviate insomnia and chronic sleep deprivation, the most comfortable position involves bending the knees slightly upwards towards the chest area. For those with a bad back, consider placing a pillow between your legs to alleviate pressure on your hips and lower back.”
The Council cautions against sleeping on your back as, “It may actually induce lower back pain and even episodes of apnea which interfere with normal sleep and restfulness,” and sleeping on your stomach, which sleep professionals don’t recommend because it, “causes strain on your lower back and possible neck pain.”
For more information about maintaining a healthy back, contact DISC Spine Institute, experts in minimally invasive treatments, the most effective medical procedures to treat and eliminate chronic back pain.