Well summer is here and while there is no guarantee that the sun will shine and temperatures will keep soaring, we can be assured that there will be a feast of sport for us to watch on TV. For some this is something to get super excited about, for others not so much!
If you are someone who can’t wait to plonk yourself on the sofa or in your favourite chair for hours on end to watch some sport, you may want to heed the advice of our chiropractor at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic and make sure that you keep your back safe.
Many people are unaware that sitting for prolonged periods of time can trigger back pain. Whilst sitting may appear to be passive, sitting incorrectly can put almost twice as much pressure on the back as standing.
If you are going to spend hours watching your favourite team or sports person on telly this summer then follow the following tips that our chiropractor has put together for you to keep your back safe.
- Change you seated position at least every 20 minutes. The best way to do this is to stand up and move around.
- Whilst there’s a break in play, e.g. at half time, do some simple stretches.
- Check your posture at regular intervals. Your back should be firmly against the back of the sofa or chair you’re sitting on. This will ensure your back is upright and you’re not slouching or slumping.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Enjoy your summer of sports and keep your back safe.
It’s time to get ‘On Your Feet Britain‘ again on 27th April when Get Britain Standing in association and Active Working launch their annual day to promote sitting less and moving more during the working day.
As chiropractors in our busy clinic in Newcastle Under Lyme we see first hand the impact that sedentary lifestyles are having on people’s lives. Sitting for prolonged periods can lead to back pain and worryingly research shows it can lead to increased risk of a host of other health problems including:
- Heart disease
The average time a British person sits for in a day is 8.9 hours! That’s a lot of time. However, it’s surprising how the time mounts up. There’s a useful calculator on the Get Britain Standing website that allows you to calculate how many hours a day you spend sitting. Try it – the results may surprise you.
If you are suffering back pain then our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic are here to help you. Why not call us on 01782 711 191 to book an appointment.
It’s Mother’s Day this coming Sunday and we wish all you mums a happy and healthy day.
Mums often underestimate just how much pressure they put their backs under on a daily basis. Our Newcastle under Lyme chiropractor offers this general posture advice to all mums to help them keep their backs safe.
Improving your level of fitness, gaining muscle tone and developing your core strength help to make you less likely to injure yourself. Your chiropractor, GP or health care provider can provide advice on exercises that can help you achieve these things.
Simple activities such as stretching and shoulder shrugging can help keep your back in line.
Sitting for prolonged periods is not good for your back or your general health. Stand up regularly and walk around, this would also be a good time to do some simple stretches.
When you are sitting, let the seat take your weight and keep as much of your body in contact with the seat as possible ensuring that your knees are lower than your hips.
Always lift with your spine straight and your knees bent.
Keep your backs safe mums.