Until you’ve actually suffered from a back problem, you don’t realise how debilitating it can be. We get many people coming to our Ealing chiropractic clinic after damaging their back for the first time. The one thing they always ask is how to avoid it happening again.
Fortunately, there’s quite a lot you can do to reduce the potential for further issues with your back. Here’s our advice to keep you walking straight and in good health:
First and foremost, the one thing that any chiropractor will advise is that you get some exercise. Don’t worry if you don’t fancy heading down to the gym, popping out for a walk each day and doing some simple stretches can make a big difference.
If you don’t like high impact, try an exercise regime like yoga which works specifically on the joints and spine or Pilates which helps strengthen your core (the band of muscle around your midriff that contributes to good posture).
Try to fit in at least some exercise every day, even if it’s only taking a brisk walk around the block. You’ll find it makes an amazing difference.
Eat Well, Lose Weight
We see a number of patients in our Ealing chiropractor clinic who are carrying a little excess weight. If you have a paunch, it can actually impact on your posture and put pressure on your back, making damage more likely. Losing a bit of weight in this area can reduce the risk of having back issues.
Eating healthily isn’t just good for our bones, spine and joints, it’s instrumental in our overall wellbeing and helps boost energy levels. If you have an unhealthy diet, it may be time to swap it for a healthy one.
Learn to Lift Properly
Many people also come to our clinic after damaging their back lifting heavy objects. Bending up and down constantly can also be an issue when it comes to back health.
The traditional advice is to bend at the knees when you lift something and keep a relatively straight back. Don’t try to lift something that is too heavy for you. Get help rather than risk damaging your back.
Invest in a Good Mattress and Pillows
Sleeping on a bad mattress or in an awkward position can also mean you develop back issues over time. You should invest in a good mattress that is designed to support you and sleep on your side rather than your back or front.
Pay Attention To Your Posture
We are all pretty busy and it’s easy to go through the day thinking about lots of other things. But your posture is important. If you start slouching over your desk or walking around with hunched shoulders, it can quickly lead to issues with your back.
This is where a little mindfulness comes in. Pay attention to your posture every so often and straighten yourself out. You’ll find that it becomes a habit and stops your posture getting worse. If you’re getting back home and slouching down on the sofa all evening because you’re too tired to do anything else, make the effort to sit up straight and even do a little bit of exercise. It’ll work wonders.
Lower Your Stress Levels
What has stress got to do with you back? Well, it causes you to tense your muscles and get into bad posture habits for a start. Find ways to cope with your daily stressful life better (such as meditation or yoga) and you may discover that you are having a few less problems with your back than you used to.
These are just a few of the things we advise our patients to do when they visit our chiropractic clinic in Ealing. If you are currently suffering from back pain, get in touch with the Spine & Joint Centre today to book an appointment.