Want to know three easy ways to avoid back pain? Our Newcastle under Lyme chiropractor has them right here:
Work Your Core!
You spine loves exercise! And it needs it to function properly. Unfortunately, most of our core muscles (which are vitally important to good spine health) are not used much during the day. These muscles need to be toned through targeted exercise – even just 20 minutes a day can help support your spine and take pressure off your lower back.
Wear Good Shoes
Your shoes need to support your spine, whether you’re walking for exercise or just going about your daily business. Buy shoes from a reputable shoe shop and ask a store assistant to point you in the direction of shoes that provide a supportive base.
The discs in your lower spine are under 3 times more pressure while sitting than standing, so avoid sitting for long periods whenever you can. You should also maintain good posture – whether you’re seated or not!
Put these tips into practice and you could significantly reduce your risk of developing a painful back condition.
At one time or another, most people feel the misery of lower back pain. Think about it; the upright spine is as unique to being human as having an opposable thumb. But where it’s easy to see that using our hands and fingers involves every aspect of life, we can’t always say the same about our backs.
We’ve all said things like “My back went out” or “I must have hurt my back”. But these flippant statements fall short of an adequate explanation for back pain. There is always a reason for back pain; it may be common but it’s certainly not normal.
If you’re suffering from back pain, it’s important to distinguish between chronic and acute pain. Acute pain is typically intense and lasts from a few days to several weeks. This kind of pain is generally due to sprains and strains and usually gets better within just a few weeks. Chronic pain, on the other hand, lasts longer than three months. This kind of pain is typically more complicated when it comes to forming a causative diagnosis.
There is a lot to consider when it comes to evaluating the cause of your pain. Our Newcastle under Lyme chiropractor has put together the following check list for you to consider as possible reasons for your back pain:
- Physical stress on the spine
- Having a sedentary job
- A lack of exercise
- Psychological issues
- Depression, stress or anxiety
- Sudden changes in your physical routine
- Poor sleeping patterns
- How well you deal with stress
- Previous injuries or traumas, such as car accidents and sports injuries
- Unknown predispositions
- Medical problems
- Poor posture
- Unhealthy habits such as having a poor diet or smoking
Bear in mind that the complex structure of the human spine makes it prone to accidental sprains and strains. These types of incidents are by far the most common cause of lower back pain. Sprains usually occur when ligaments are overstretched or torn from their attachments. Strains happen when muscles are ripped or torn. Poor posture alone can cause sprains and strains, so it’s always important to consider lifestyle factors when it comes to evaluating the cause of your back problems. The good news is that most of the things that put you at risk of developing back pain can be changed or even eradicated from your life.
Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t quite right. Don’t ignore it; it is there for a reason. You wouldn’t let an itch go without scratching it, would you?
Have you ever decided to make a healthy lifestyle change but quickly given up because you’ve convinced yourself that it’s too late to learn new better habits? Have you been putting up with back pain because nothing you’ve tried so far as worked or because you think those aches and niggles are just a normal part of the aging process?
Our Newcastle Under Lyme chiropractor is here to tell you that it is never too late to improve the health of your spine!
If you have back pain, it’s time to take charge and not let your age stop you. Because guess what? When it comes to forming positive habits and lifestyle changes, there’s not that much difference between an 18-year-old brain and a 100-year-old brain!
Get in touch with us today. We are here to help you manage your back pain, whatever age you are and however long you’ve been suffering.