Two thirds of the UK’s population will experience back pain at some stage in their life. Although it is common it is not normal. Our modern lives often put strains on our backs from prolonged periods of time sitting driving or working. As we age the body starts to lose some of its elasticity and flexibility, particularly in the discs between the vertebrae and the joint cartilage. Regular movement maintains good function and encourages local circulation and nutrition to the tissues.
The Institute of Osteopathy have listed the following tips for good back care:
- Keep moving and stretching.
- Take regular exercise.
- Take frequent breaks between repetitive tasks and vary the rhythm.
- Change position – avoid “computer hump”
- Pace yourself when the work is heavy e.g. gardening.
- Adjust car seats, and on long journeys, have breaks and stretch.
- Watch children’s posture – don’t let them carry bags on one shoulder.
- Avoid strain when lifting especially when shopping and with small children.
- Is your bed the right bed or is it getting old?
- Seek osteopathic advice earlier rather than later.