The results of recent consumer research looking into the trends associated with back and neck pain across the UK have been revealed by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) and the news isn’t good.
As our chiropractor has shared in many blog posts recently, back pain is on the increase, and the results of this research support this. The number of people experiencing back pain or neck pain on a weekly basis has risen to 49% from 40%. On a monthly basis 65% experience back or neck pain – an increase of 16% .
Back pain is a relatively common condition, however, with our chiropractors in Ealing stress that by following a few simple steps, most back pain can be prevented.
Here are our chiropractors’ top tips for preventing regular back pain:
Avoid sitting for long periods: A common trigger for back pain is sitting for long periods according to the research. Unfortunately increase sitting time is now part of our lifestyles so it’s important to get up and move around at least every 30 minutes. It’s also a great opportunity to do some simple stretches too.
Maintain a good sitting posture: Many people in the research cited their job as a trigger. With many of us spending our work days at our desks and in front of a computer it is important that we set our chairs, desks and PCs up to maintain a good seated posture that will support our backs and necks. We have included a video below that shows how to do this.
Sleep well: Sleeping was also identified as a common trigger for back or neck pain. It is important to ensure your bed and mattress provide you with adequate support. Here is a link to a post with helpful tips to reduce the risk of sleep associated back pain.
Keep active and exercise: A stronger body is better able to cope with the demands we place on it, therefore, keeping activity and exercising is important to maintain a healthy spine. Gentle to moderate exercise is also beneficial in the management of back pain. Seek professional help to ensure you find the right exercise for you.. A chiropractor will be able to advice you appropriately.
Visit a chiropractor: Chiropractors are trained to treat back and neck pain. In addition to offering chiropractic treatment they can advice on exercises, nutrition and lifestyle choices that can help in managing and preventing back or neck pain.
If you are suffering back or neck pain our experienced chiropractors at The Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing are here to help you. Call us on 020 8900 9004 to book your appointment.