Archive for the ‘Back Pain’ Category
- First thing in the morning don’t put immediate demands on your back, give it 30 minutes to warm up!
- Exercise your back regularly – walking, swimming (especially back stroke) and using exercise bikes are all excellent to strengthen your back muscles.
- Always bend your knees and your hips, not your back.
- Never twist and bend at the same time.
- Always lift and carry objects close to your body.
- Try to carry loads in a rucksack – avoid single sling bags.
- Always maintain a good posture – avoid slumping in your chair, hunching over a desk or walking around with your shoulders hunched up.
- Always use a chair with a backrest and sit with your feed flat on the floor or on a footrest. Don’t forget to change your sitting position every few minutes.
- Cut down, or better still QUIT SMOKING.
- Always choose a mattress bearing in mind your height, weight, age, sleeping position and your type of backache, if any.
Back pain is the second most common reason, after respiratory disorders, that patients seek help of the healthcare system. Eighty-five percent of people will be disabled by an attack of back pain during their lives, and at any given time 7% of the adult population will be suffering a bout of back pain
What are the main causes?
Most back pain symptoms are in fact not caused by any underlying pathology, such as a disease, fracture or slipped disc but rather the way we lead our lives.
Why is early-intervention important?
There is little doubt that our sedentary lifestyles and work habits are key factors in the incidence of back pain. Putting up with pain is neither helpful to your long term health nor commensurate with leading a happy lifestyle. What is important is that help and treatment is sought early thereby reducing the risk to chronic back pain and long term disability.
Studies over the years have repeated shown that Chiropractic has successfully treated both acute and chronic lower back pain. Chiropractors are trained to not only diagnose the causes of back pain but undertake a course of treatment that brings relief and lasting help to the patient.