Our spine is important and a vital part of our body. It transports information from our brain to the rest of our body, and vice versa. It is involved in all activity and it has to put up with a great deal – sitting for long periods at a desk at work/home, long car journeys, carrying bags and schoolbags, strain through sporting activities, lifting and carrying, and strain accumulated through poor positioning and posture. From a functional and comfort perspective, we all want to remain active and be able to carry out our lives as we wish to, free from pain.
Some spinal problems can result through lack of attention and care, it isn’t always noticeable at first. It is often a slow build up of restrictions and tightness following months and years of bad habits. Mechanical problems in the spine can relate to the joints, discs, muscles, ligaments and nerves. The problems that may result can inhibit you leading a full and happy, healthy life.
Osteopathic treatment can help. By looking at your own individual body position and possible issues. An Osteopath can diagnose a problem, or highlight areas of concern that may need to be addressed to avoid a problem. So Osteopaths can be consulted if you are in pain, or even as a check-up if you’re not in pain. In both instances, you can receive the physical treatment and also receive advice on how best to maintain good spinal health for you.
Some general tips:
- A rucksack is the best bag to carry to try and avoid back problems. It should be carried over both shoulders, and adjusted so the bag sits close to the back.
- De-clutter bags so you’re not carrying around unnecessary items.
- We all need to stay as active as possible. Take regular exercise to help general fitness and improve your mobility.
- Wear a decent pair of shoes that will be comfortable, supportive and appropriate for the sport, job or task you’re undertaking.
- Stay mobile generally. If you find you’re at the computer, or TV, on a car journey or just sitting around. try and get up every 40 minutes to avoid getting too stiff.
- Check your computer set-up. This can make an enormous difference. (Look in the newsletter archive on the website at November 2012 for help on this.) http://rivermeadosteopaths.blogspot.co.uk