As summertime approaches and the clouds begin to drift away, this time of year often makes us clear our minds and focus on improving our health. It’s easy to hide behind our aches and pains during the winter months, but the sunnier season beckons us to make the most of ourselves. We’re not talking about donning the perfect beach body or achieving swimwear model status, but instead, being fit and healthy enough to enjoy summer.
Most people in Britain will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives and it’s one of the main reasons people miss out on activities that they would usually enjoy. No one wants to be curled up in a ball of pain when the rest of the country seems to be standing around their BBQs. No one wants to be constrained by the chains of back ache while everyone else seems to relish in the freedom of the sunny season.
Here is what our Fareham chiropractor recommends you start doing from today:
- Exercise regularly* – walking, swimming (especially back stroke) and using exercise bikes are all beneficial ways to strengthen your back muscles and reduce your risk of back pain.
- When lifting and carrying, keep objects close to your body. Bend your knees and your hips, and ensure you don’t twist and bend at the same time.
- Eat well and adopt a healthy lifestyle. If you smoke, seek help to quit.
- If you use painkillers, ask your GP for the type that allows you to carry on being active.
- Consider how your work environment may affect your back pain and make appropriate changes.
- Swap one shoulder/ single sling bags for rucksacks with two straps.
- Focus on maintaining good posture. Avoid slumping or slouching in your chair, hunching over your desk and walking around with your shoulders hunched up or curled forward.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid drinking too much caffeine or alcohol.
- Sleep on a good mattress. If your mattress is over 7 years old, it may be time to invest in a new one.
Back pain can have various triggers, and while we can’t eliminate the risk of them all, we can provide you with the best advice to give you the best chance of getting your spine fit for the summer and the rest of your life.
*Note: Seek advice from a medical professional before starting any new form of exercise.