Your twenties are a time for achieving your career goals, maybe starting a family or settling down with a partner and…back pain!
Worryingly, yes – according to our Fareham chiropractor.
New research carried out by the British Chiropractic Association has revealed that over a fifth of women aged just 28 have experienced, or currently experience, daily back and neck pain. Men seem to be remain pain-free for a little longer, starting their battle with back and neck pain from the age of 32. *
In light of these shocking statistics, our Fareham chiropractor is urging youngsters to implement healthier daily habits to help prevent the premature onset of back pain.
1) Adopt the correct lifting and carrying technique
To avoid picking up a painful injury when lifting, make sure your legs are at least your hips’ width apart with your knees bent. Your head and shoulders should be directly above your waist and you should keep the weight you are carrying as close to you as possible.
2) Wear sensible bags
If you’re one of the people who can’t leave the house without your life’s belongings in tow, you may end up straining your back. Empty 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 weight more evenly.
3) Take regular breaks
Whatever you’re doing (household chores, work, DIY) take a break every 20-30 minutes. Regularly changing your position will help to relieve the build-up of tension in your lower back.
4) Evaluate your mattress
If you wake up feeling achy or stiff, your mattress is misshapen or you can feel individual springs, it is probably time to head to the bed store and invest in a new one. Ideally, you should change your mattress every 7-8 years.
5) Perfect your posture
Adopting the correct posture is one of the easiest and most effective ways to maintain a healthy spine. While it may feel slightly odd at first, with enough practice good posture will soon become a subconscious habit. (There’s a reason why your parents always told you to “sit up straight!”)
Take note of these golden rules, no matter how old (or young!) you are. The recent survey from the BCA proves that back pain and age are not always related…