Chronic back pain is a debilitating condition to deal with, especially on a daily basis. It limits activity and has a knock-on effect for any other aches and pains you may feel. There are many reasons for back pain such as strained muscles, torn ligaments and inflammation, notably through sporting or gardening activities. However, everyday activities can also cause back pain:
• Bending frequently
• Lifting incorrectly, especially heavy objects
• Twisting suddenly
• Working on a computer for long periods
Yet one of the main causes of chronic back pain is also one of the most easily rectifiable: bad posture. Many people are so used to living with bad posture they aren’t even aware they’re doing it. If you suffer from back pain, here is a brief guide to improving your posture.
Sitting hunched forward in front of your computer for long periods is not only bad for your back, but also for your eyes. Firstly, make sure that you have a good chair with adequate back support. Sit back in the chair with your shoulders relaxed and loosen up your arms. This will also take the strain off your neck. This is also applicable for driving. Stop ‘hugging’ the steering wheel, move the seat back and adjust the back support for your lower back.
Many back strains are caused by lifting heavy objects incorrectly. Get as close to the object as possible and think about your posture. Don’t lift or twist suddenly. Stand with your feet apart and your head up, bend your knees while keeping your back straight and your stomach tight and let your stronger thigh muscles do most of the work.
Make a conscious effort to think about your posture, when you’re walking. Imagine a thread is attached to your head and pulling you up. Keep your head up, your shoulders back, and stomach muscles tight. This will help stretch your back muscles, align your spinal column and also help you to breathe better.
Good posture is a daily habit that you should be constantly aware of. Bad posture not only causes back pain, but also indigestion and breathlessness. Sitting or standing incorrectly will prevent your lungs from working to their full capacity. Regular sessions with a qualified chiropractor are highly recommended, both for back pain treatments and valuable advice on good posture practice. Bristol Chiropractic Clinic at Clifton offers a range of chiropractic treatments and specific exercise programmes for maintaining a healthy back. Contact us today for a consultation with one of our expert chiropractors.`