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Back pain and modern lifestyles

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 [2016] due to back, neck and muscles problems.

These huge numbers of back and neck related complaints have been linked to our modern lifestyles and 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 you 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 and 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 waking 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.