Did you know it is estimated that a sixth of the UK population suffers from back pain at any one time. And according to the National Office of Statistics, a staggering 31 million days of work were lost last year  due to back, neck and muscles problems. These huge numbers of back and neck related complaints have been linked to our modern lifestyles and a lack of steps taken by many of us to prevent the problems before they become too serious.
Sitting in an office – what’s the problem? Sitting for long periods of time lessens blood flow to the discs that cushion your spine and thus places more pressure on it than walking or standing. What can you do? It is crucial that you have a good posture while sitting at your desk. Make sure your head is straight and not tilted down when you are reading or typing. Avoid slouching and if it is possible, tilt your chair back slightly to help alleviate any excess pressure on your spine and make sure your feet are placed firmly hip width apart on the floor. Take regular breaks to stand up, stretch and walk around.
Increasing your exercise – what’s the problem? It is advised that we take 10,000 steps a day; most of us normally only manage to get between 3,000 and 4,000! What can you do? If possible, park further away from your destination or get off the tube a few stops before you normally would and walk the rest of the way. Why is walking so good for us? As walking is a good, low impact exercise, it can not only help to relieve back pain but also prevent it without putting too much strain on your body. Even walking for just 30 minutes a day 3 – 5 times a week can have real benefits for you back health and your overall wellbeing!