Our spine is important and a vital part of our body. It transports information from our brain to the rest of the 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/school, long car journeys, carrying bags, strain through sporting activities, lifting and carrying, and restriction accumulated through poor positioning and posture. I’m sure we all aspire to remain active, to be able to carry out our lives as we wish to, and to stay free from pain.
Some spinal problems are the result of poor care. The problem can build up slowly and isn’t always noticeable initially. It may follow months or years of bad habits. This is the stuff we can do something about! Mechanical problems in the spine can relate to the joints, discs, muscles, ligaments and nerves.
Here are some general considerations that could genuinely make a difference to you and your family, if you’re prepared to make a few changes:
- 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, make sure your chair and desk are adjusted so that they work for you.
If you experience a problem. Osteopathy can help get you moving, it also helps relieve pain and discomfort. Call Claire today if you’re having a problem.