It is a fact that only 20% of us are likely to escape back pain during our lifetime. The problem is one of the most common reasons for visiting a Chiropractor. Winchester Chiropractor Max Atkinson (DC) says that preventing back pain and its debilitating results is a big worry for most patients who have already experienced at least one episode of back pain.
Mobility and the freedom to enjoy sports and family activities, even being able to do our jobs pain-free is something we take for granted until back pain strikes. However, as part of the care provided at his Bradford House Practice in Winchester, he helps patients to prevent a recurrence of their back problems with regular, scheduled ‘maintenance’ appointments. During these visits, Chiropractic adjustments can be made – but additionally, helpful tips on protecting the back from injury are all part of the service.
Many patients are aware of the fact that the risk of a back problem returning is high. This leads many to worry about the future and whether they will be able to go on doing their job, enjoying sport and other physical activities such as gardening if the problem gets worse. Why not discuss your worries and find out more about preventing back pain? If you have a back problem now, or have suffered injury in the past, call the Practice now on 01962 861188 to arrange an appointment.
Top Tips for Preventing Back Problems!
1. Lifting or carrying a weight incorrectly is one of the most common causes of back pain and injury. Health and Safety training provision is a requirement for employers so if you regularly have to lift or move weighty boxes, etc. as part of your job and you have not received this type of training, make sure your employer provides this.
2. If you experience pain during any activity, stop at once. Pain is the body’s way of warning us that something is going wrong. Ignore it and you are likely to make things much worse. Never take painkillers to enable you to carry on with an activity that is hurting you!
3. At home, choose your bed and your furniture carefully:
* Your mattress should support your spine and your pillow should support your neck. The spine should be as level as possible while you sleep. Laying on your side is better than on your tummy as laying on your front puts additional strain on your spine.
* Chairs and sofas should enable you to sit with both feet flat on the floor while at the same time having your back supported. Remember, a good workplace chair, correctly adjusted for your height will pay dividends in protecting your back.
* Do not sit for too long at a time. This weakens vital muscles. Make sure you remind yourself (even if you have to set a timer) to get up from your workstation at 20 minute intervals if only for 30 seconds or so. When watching TV at home, get up regularly, walk round the room, make a cuppa, have a stretch – your back will thank you for it!
4. Exercise regularly. Even people with long-term back problems can benefit from the right type of exercise. Pilates, Yoga and other classes that help with both core strength and mobility are very helpful. Just be sure to discuss your back problem with the class teacher. If he or she is not able to suggest safe alternatives to some of the exercises for the particular back problem you have, find another class – do not risk injury! On the subject of exercise, view jobs at home like DIY and gardening as an exercise class! Warm up your muscles first and do some gentle stretches afterwards.
Discuss your concerns with your Chiropractor. Advice on preventing back pain can help you effectively manage, many back problems. Do not let your fears about back pain stop you from enjoying life, your Chiropractor’s skill, advice, and support in preventing back pain will help you continue enjoying the activities that you love and minimize the risk of injury.