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Common Ways to Help Prevent Back Pain

Common Ways to Help Prevent Back Pain

Most people will suffer from back pain at some point during their lives as it is one of the most commonly reported medical problems. Back pain can take various forms, feeling like a sharp pain or a dull ache and the pain can also be experienced short or long-term.

Whilst anyone can suffer from back pain there are several factors that can increase the risk of it developing, including; weight gain, age, fitness levels, job-related factors, hereditary factors and lifestyle choices. Read our blog on 5 of The Most Common Causes of Back Pain for more advice about this.

There are some preventative measures that you can take to avoid back pain, and some of these simple self-help strategies can be surprisingly effective.

Sleeping in the correct position

Just because you feel comfortable, it doesn’t mean that you’re sleeping in the correct position. If you notice back pain every morning, your sleeping posture could be an issue as sleeping in certain positions places a strain on your back. Sleeping on your front with your neck turned to the side, or using too many pillows so that your neck is bent in an unnatural position could cause issues with your spinal alignment. 

You also require a mattress that properly supports your body weight without sagging. It is also worth noting that you should replace your mattress every 7-8 years.

Read our blog The Best Sleeping Positions for Back Pain for more information.

Regular low-impact exercise

You might be mistakenly thinking that the best way to relieve your back pain is to rest. However regular low-impact exercise can actually help ease the inflammation and muscle tension. Walking, swimming, and cycling are all exercises that help to strengthen the back and reduce the chances of you suffering from back pain. Find out more about How Regular Exercise Can Strengthen the Back by reading our blog.

Paying attention to your posture

We do not consciously maintain our posture, certain muscles and muscle groups in the body do it for us. Good posture is essential to both a healthy spine and a healthy body. Achieving good posture takes time and practice. Learn to listen to your body and make minor adjustments to your posture that feel more comfortable. If you feel your back begin to curve or your shoulders hunch over, stop and take a moment to bring your body back into proper alignment. Read our blog on How a Chiropractor Can Help Improve Posture to find out more.

Visit a chiropractor for back pain

Experiencing pain in your back can significantly limit your daily activities and lower your quality of life by restricting your range of motion and preventing you from being able to comfortably make movements such as bending down and turning your head. A chiropractor is able to use chiropractic adjustments along with other techniques to relieve the discomfort.

If you are suffering from back pain contact a chiropractor at Backworks by telephoning 01702 342329 for more help and advice or to book an appointment. We also offer online chiropractic consultations.

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Posted by Jon Hicks

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