If you are 60+ years old research indicates that you may not be very aware about the causes and effects of back pain and pain management. As back pain is one of the major disabling health conditions among older adults this year’s BackCare Awareness Week, which runs from 8th to the 12th October, focuses on back pain in older adults.
Whatever our age there are proactive things that we can do to help keep our backs healthy. Our chiropractors here at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic recommend these 3 specific actions:
Many people believe that resting your back if you are suffering back pain is the best course of action. However, this is in most cases far from the best advice. Taking gentle exercise is advised. However, don’t wait to experience back pain before getting active.
Keeping active can involve gentle forms of exercise such as walking, yoga, pilates or swimming.
Improve your posture:
A good posture is important for a healthy spine. If you find that you slouch or stoop then it’s never too late to straighten up. The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has developed a simple 3 minute programme designed to improve your posture and it’s a great way to get some activity into your daily routine.
Seek the advice of your chiropractor or other medical practitioner before starting any new form of exercise.
You can view the video for the programme:
Eat healthy foods:
You are what you eat – so the saying goes. Making healthy food choices is good for your overall health and the health of your spine. Include fruit and vegetables in your daily diet and keep well hydrated.
If you have any concerns about your back or you would like to ensure you maintain a healthy back, our experienced team of chiropractors are here to help and advise you. You can call us now on 01329 280 283 to book an appointment.