According to the NHS 8 out of 10 people in the UK are affected by back pain at some point in their lives. This is a significant problem and for many it can have a detrimental impact on their quality of life. Surprisingly the numbers of people who actually ask for help with back pain is quite low. According to official figures only 20% of people with back pains actually consult their GP, considering the scale of the problem this is quite a low number and indicates that many people try to self manage the problem. Thus, in this blog post we look at how to live with back pain and discuss hints and tips to manage an active lifestyle.
Back pain requires you to keep active
Exercise is a key activity which enhances physical fitness and overall cardiovascular health. It is crucial in order for humans to function and remain healthy. As well as physical benefits, exercise also impacts the mind and overall wellbeing. According to the Scientific American Exercise promotes brain plasticity by stimulating growth of new connection between cells in many important cortical areas of the brain. In simpler terms, it essentially keeps us happier and more focused in bettering ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally. Keeping active is also a great tool in suppressing any back pains which we may experience.
“Exercising reduces back stiffness by keeping the connective fibres of ligaments and tendons flexible”, says Steven Hochschuler who is an orthopaedic surgeon and the co-founder of the Texas back institute. As well promoting heart health and freeing the mind, it also benefits the spinal cord so it’s a win win situation. When the body is put to work through exercise, the discs in your back exchange fluid and receives the nutrition it needs. A lack of exercise increases swelling and malnourishes the discs in your back.
For many of us whom suffer from back pain, exercise could be a key factor in alleviating the pains within our upper and lower back. In majority of cases, back pains are caused due to stiffness and not being mobile. Therefore remaining active will loosen the joints within your back and stiffness won’t be a cause for concern when remaining active.
Maintain correct posture to minimise back pain
Our research therefore concludes that the human body is not designed to sit still. Whether you are at home or in the office or taking a drive in the car staying active and mobile is essential. Good posture is a key component in keeping the spine healthy, straight and supple.
Below is our key list of things you should do to maintain the right posture whilst sitting:
- Keep your computer monitor at eye level so your head doesn’t tilt. This would put less of a strain on your neck
- Put your shoulders back and keep your back flat against the chair
- Keep both feet firm on the ground, not crossing over each other
- Keep you back warm with movement (Back massager)
- Use a lumbar support tool to help keep your upper back straight and refrain from slouching
Maintaining a good posture is excellent practice and a healthy habit to have. In addition to this having good posture while standing is also conducive to good back health and in some cases can suppress back pains.
In essence here at 1stMobility, we offer a wide range of back care products to assist our valued customers in gaining their independence and mobility.
Herbal Approaches to Back pain
Recently a lot of work has come forward which talks about the benefits of Herbal medicine to treat back pain. One of the key studies discussed by a wide range of publications is the use of Turmeric as a means to relieve inflammation and to reduce back pain. Turmeric is an asian spice very popular in the Indian subcontinent, research suggests that it contains and antioxidant, anti-arthritic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Research studies by LyfeBotanicals suggest that “often, chronic back pain derives from underlying issues, including sciatica, herniated disks, or spinal problems. While turmeric is not a direct cure for these conditions, it has shown potential in managing upper and lower back pain by targeting inflammation and reducing free radical damage”
What is clear is that there are many remedies to support people with back pain. While painful there is hopefully always light at the end of the runnel
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