Imagine life as a twenty something and you’ll probably think of living through a decade where you achieve your career aspirations, maybe see the sights of the world or even settle down and start a family. What you won’t envisage is crippling daily back pain. But that is the shocking reality, according to our Ealing chiropractor.
A recent study conducted by the British Chiropractic Association has worryingly revealed that over a fifth of women aged just 28 have experienced, or currently suffer with, back or neck pain on a daily basis. The male of the species seem to get off a little lighter, starting their war with the wrath of back pain from the age of 32.*
In light of these concerning statistics, our Ealing chiropractor is urging youngsters to practice healthier daily habits to help prevent the premature onset of back pain.
1) Carry and lift correctly
To reduce the risk picking up a painful lifting injury, lift with your legs at your hips’ width apart and keep your knees bent. Keep your head and shoulders directly above your waist and you hold the weight you are carrying as close to you as possible.
2) Choose sensible bags
You could end up with back strain if you’re one of the people who seem to carry their life’s belongings on their shoulder. Unpack your bag every evening to make sure you only carry the items you actually need. Also, choose bags with two shoulder straps or carry your bag across your body to distribute the load more evenly.
3) Take frequent breaks
Whether you’re working at the office, clearing out that cupboard that’s been playing on your nerves or pumping away at the gym, make sure you take a break every 20-30 minutes. Regularly changing your position will also help to relieve the build-up of tension in your lower back
4) Check your mattress
If you regularly wake up feeling achy or stiff, your mattress could be the culprit. Similarly, if your mattress is more than 7 years old, is misshapen or you can feel individual springs, it is probably time to head to the bed store and invest in a new one.
Take note of these golden rules, no matter what your age or how invincible you may feel. The recent survey from the BCA proves that back pain certainly does not discriminate!