Avoiding Back Pain
Back pain can be very painful and debilitating so finding ways of avoiding back pain is something we all want to do. Back pain is also very common, this is something we all know, whether from personal experience or because we know someone who has had back pain.
According to a survey published in 2000 almost half of the adult population (45%) had back pain lasting at least 24 hours in the past year*.
Back pain can not only be incredibly painful and debilitating for the person suffering from it but it can affect their friends, family, work and social life. So it makes sense to try and avoid back problems and to treat them quickly if they occur.
Patients I treat are often surprised by the activities that cause back pain. They expect heavy lifting, looking after children, sports injuries to lead to back problems but they are surprised when I say that most people who come to me for treatment are office workers and that their back pain is primarily caused by SITTING!
Sitting is something we all tend to do too much of. It puts pressure on the joints and discs of our backs and tends to cause our muscles to tighten….especially if we sit for long periods of time or sit slouched, with crossed legs or even worse sit with our legs crossed underneath us.
So if you or someone you know has back pain when should you book an appointment with a Chiropractor. Generally I would say you in a lot of pain and trouble moving or if you have had the problem for more than 2 weeks then you should seek treatment.
How to help yourself. Here are some of the ways you can help yourself
– To help avoid back pain, generally the more mobile you are the better. Try not to sit for more than 20 minutes at a time.
– When you do sit make sure you have a good sitting posture (no slouching or sitting with your legs crossed or tucked under you).
– Avoid holding your back in one position for long periods of time or twisting and reaching repetitively to one side (eg. when raking leaves, seeping or mopping the floor).
– Warm up and cool down before taking part in sports. Especially those that require quick or powerful movements.
– Try and stay active with regular walks, exercise, pilates, Lotte Berk or yoga to help keep your spine and your body mobile. For more details of classes at The Wellbeing Centre click here.
If you have a back problem and would like more advice or information on avoiding back pain please contact me via email – firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01635 791 301 or you can book an appointment online.
Rosie Piercy MChiro DC
* Reference – Palmer KT, Walsh K, et al. Back pain in Britain: comparison of two prevalence surveys at an interval of 10 years BMJ 2000;320:1577-1578