Here at Back-in-Action a Preston chiropractic clinic we offer help and advice because we believe that prevention is better than cure!
To that end here are our top five tips for maintaining a healthy back:
Firstly, you should always lift heavy objects properly. You should bend your knees – by not doing so you are putting all the stress onto your lower back. You also need to carry the object being lifted closer to your body because carrying it further away from your body increases the stress on your spine.
Secondly, if you have suffered with chronic back pain, until you’ve had the underlying problem corrected, we recommend avoid activities that involve sudden twisting movements such as golf, football and tennis, though you may be able to continue at some sports if you improve your technique.
Thirdly, and this is very important for your all-round health too, you should maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight puts an extra burden on your lower back. Of course if you’re in pain it’s harder to exercise so it can become a bit of a vicious cycle.
Fourthly, and this is closely linked to our third recommendation, you will need to undertake some form of regular exercise. You will be fitter and healthier and the muscles in your back will thank you for it! The exercise itself could be something as simple as taking a brisk walk. Accumulating ½ an hour a day can be preventative of many chronic health conditions.
Finally it’s important that you adopt a good posture whilst walking or while sat down. Do not sit hunched over a desk – you will need regular breaks and do some sort of stretching and exercise if you work in an office sat at a desk all day. Using a good seat wedge can be very helpful in making sitting up straight more effortless.
In addition, stopping smoking can be helpful, as smoking affects the blood flow to your spine. Your sleeping position to might be a problem and you may even need a new mattress – especially if it’s over 5-8 years old.
By maintaining a healthy back you should avoid any future painful back conditions occurring. You will find that the small changes that we recommend really do have a huge impact on your back pain and your wellbeing.
If you would like to know more about how one of our team of experienced chiropractors in Preston can do by delivering a natural approach to helping you overcome chronic back pain and improving your health at the same time, then please contact us for more information.
From the Preston Chiropractor Team
Getting You Back in Action & Enjoying Your Life Again
Serving the people of Preston and surrounding areas including Southport and Lytham St Annes