More Back Pain

Back Pain
Research suggests that half of England suffers from back pain. Because it is so common, and because people have lived with it for so long, often people don’t realize just how much pain they’re in, or indeed how much further damage they could be doing. If you want to do something about it, not many people realise that there are options beyond aggressive chiropractic treatment, osteopathic clinics and medications. You can learn stretches, get massages, or even just fork out on a new mattress!

How does it Start?

There are a million and one causes of back pain, and nearly all of us are susceptible to it or experience it at least once in our lives, at varying degrees of severity. The worst cases tend to come from illnesses such as arthritis and autoimmune disorders but everyday back pain is usually caused by everyday activities. We are talking about poor posture, extended periods hunched over a keyboard, sleeping on a bad mattress or pillow and being overweight. It’s the little things that usually make the difference e.g. your seating position when you drive, and even just the height of the table you’re working at. As with all bad things, it is good to cut them off at the source, rather than waiting for things to get bad enough that you end up taking yourself to an expensive clinic. So have a look at your lifestyle and see if you can work out what might be going wrong for your back.

At the Office

Sitting at work in the office all day every day is probably the most common offender when it comes to bad backs (see the other article on back pain). The problem here stems almost entirely from your seating position, which in turn comes as a direct result of your natural posture, the quality of the chair you are sitting in and other factors such as the height of your monitor. Your company should already adhere to strict health and safety guidelines and provide you with a supportive chair and offer advice as to how you should sit most comfortably. If your employers are a bit lax on that, then try and bring in a chair you are comfortable with, and at least get some advice from your GP if you are concerned about any pains.

In the Home

Though you probably spend less time sitting still when you’re at home, you must remember how much time you spend lying still (i.e. sleeping)! If you spend the recommended 7-8 hours snoring away then you must realise how important it is for spinal health. The trick is to find a mattress that suits you – neither too hard, nor too soft. You might feel like a bit of a plonker doing it but when you go out to buy a new mattress, TRY THEM. It’s worth it. Lots of websites have sprung up (no pun intended) that offer fantastic advice on the situation, particularly

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