A weak back can lead to a number of health problems. Unfortunately many of us neglect to look after our backs in the correct way. Small changes can have a dramatic effect on your spine health which in turn will have a positive effect on your overall health. If you suffer from back pain then it may be worth checking out these simple measures to help you get back your healthy back.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to help your back is to correct your posture. Many people tend to slump when they sit and hunch their shoulders when they walk. Sit and stand up straight, hold your head up and use your abdominal muscles to release the tension in your back. Try to always be aware of your posture and correct it when you feel yourself slumping. Avoid lifting heavy objects, but if you have to, use your leg muscles to take the burden. Keep your stomach muscles tight and lift the object as close to your body as possible.
Buy A Good Mattress
It’s worth investing in a good orthopaedic mattress to help support your back, ensuring a good night’s sleep. Many mattress suppliers now have computer aided technology to advise which mattress will offer the best support specifically for you.
Being anymore than 10lbs overweight can cause back strain. A nutritious diet and gentle exercise will help you lose weight and regain a healthier back.
Nicotine restricts the flow of blood and oxygen from reaching the discs that cushion your vertebrae. If you smoke, congested lungs can also lead to upper back pain. So, do your back a favour and quit smoking.
Pilates and yoga techniques can help re-align your spine by stretching and strengthening core muscles and improving overall flexibility for long term spinal health. Whatever your age or ability, you’ll be able to find a pilates or yoga class suitable for you.
Massage is not only effective in the treatment of injuries. Regular massage and chiropractic treatments can help strengthen your back and prevent further injuries. Massage releases tension and aids the flow of blood, oxygen and essential nutrients, helping them to reach the muscles and ligaments in your back.
Bristol Chiropractic has a dedicated back pain clinic in Bristol. Our qualified experts offer a range of chiropractic and massage treatments, exercise techniques and healthy lifestyle programmes. Contact our Bristol back pain clinic for more information and advice on getting back your healthy back.