Is your spine suffering from a bout of the January Blues and feeling the strain of all that Christmas over-indulgence? Paying the price for all those care-free hours spent slouched in front of your favourite festive films (ah… such blissful memories!)? Your back is about to get kick-started into super New Year health with these top tips from our Fareham chiropractor!
Whether you suffer from ongoing back pain or you just want to improve your health for 2019, this free and easy-to-implement advice is the stuff to follow. So let’s get to it:
1: Become More Active
So you’re suffering from a bad back. What’s the single best thing you can do?
Hit the sack?
Many people assume that bed rest is the best remedy for back pain. But this couldn’t be further from the truth! According to our Fareham chiropractor (and pretty much every other back pain professional out there!), inactivity is the worst thing you can do for back pain. And there’s a simple reason why: without regular movement and exercise, your back muscles tighten, shrink and weaken. This means less support for your back and increased strain and pressure on your spine (in other words, more pain!).
If you suffer from chronic back pain, or you want to avoid it in the future, it’s absolutely crucial to stay active to keep your back healthy and strong.
2: Improve Your Posture
If you want to live a life free of back pain, maintaining a good posture is something that has to take priority on your “to do” list. Whether you are sitting, standing, or walking around, good posture will keep your body balanced and aligned, which is essential for avoiding back pain.
According to our chiropractor, many people suffer years of chronic back pain simply as a result of poor posture. Think about it; when you adopt an unhealthy posture, your body becomes unbalanced. This leads to it overcompensating, putting certain areas under increasing stress and pressure. And guess what area usually ends up bearing the brunt of this added load? The lower back, of course!
The advice is simple; straighten your spine, straighten your health.
With many of us living busy and stressful lives, finding the time to relax and unwind seems to have dropped off our priority lists. But being able to escape the hustle and bustle of life is essential to maintaining good back health.
When you are stressed and anxious, muscles in your body become tense and tight. This can not only lead to aches and pains but can force your spine into a hunched or slumped posture that will increase the amount of strain and pressure on your lower back. Muscle issues can be common causes of back, so if you are regularly stressed, worried or anxious, your muscles are likely to remain tense and will not rest and recover as they should.
Taking some time out of your busy lifestyle to allow your mind and body to relax will work wonders for your back health!
A good chiropractor will be able to talk to you about effective stress-management techniques that will help to reduce the risk of developing chronic back pain. These may include popular techniques such as meditation, controlled breathing and visualisation. Your chiropractor will also be able to advise you on how to achieve a good night’s sleep to further reduce your stress and anxiety.
A bad back is a real pain to live with; and there is no better time than the New Year to put some simple steps into place to improve the health of your spine. It’s the smallest things that make the biggest changes, after all.
If you are suffering back pain our chiropractors at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic are here to help you. Call us on 01329 280 283 to book an appointment with one of our experienced chiropractors.