Our dedicated team of chiropractors in Stoke on Trent are encouraging people to take simple steps to help prevent long-term neck and back problems.
Our Stoke on Trent chiropractors believe that modern lifestyles are putting increased amounts of strain on our backs and necks and that we should all take simple daily steps to protect our spine health.
Worrying results from a recent survey conducted by the British Chiropractic Association revealed that nearly half of all people surveyed had never taken any measures to take care of their backs.* And with 9.9 million sick days taken due to pain in 2014*, it certainly seems that now is the time to take these protective measures.
According to our leading Stoke on Trent chiropractor, many people are surprised at the positive impacts of taking small proactive steps to protect their backs and necks. Taking regular breaks from the computer, walking regularly and maintaining a good posture are among the small measures that can bring big changes. Another misconception is that severe back pain only usually affects those over a certain age, people with existing medical conditions or those who have suffered serious injuries. Some people even choose to ignore their back pain; hoping it will go away on its own. But when it comes to back and neck pain, ignorance is almost never bliss!
Our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent warns that too many people are waiting too long to seek professional help for their back pain, which is putting them at further risk of developing longer-term problems. At our practice alone, our chiropractors have seen patients, as young as in their thirties; visit us only when their pain has become so severe that they couldn’t even walk properly! Many of these patients may have been able to avoid such pain if they had been more proactive in taking care of their backs.
So how do we protect our backs in such a hectic modern lifestyle?
Our trusted Stoke on Trent chiropractor shares these three top tips:
1: Stop Slouching
Good posture is massively important to good back health so it’s crucial that you’re aware of how you are sitting. Relax when sitting into your chair, but make sure your bottom rests against the seat back and your shoulder blades touch the back rest of the seat. Your hips should be higher than your knees (creating a sloping angle from your hips to your knees).
When you’re driving, tilt your seat slightly backwards and make sure your elbows are in a comfortable and relaxed position for driving.
2: Move Regularly
Every 20-30 minutes, stretch, change your position and walk around a little if you are able to. If for any reason you can’t move away from where you’re sat, gently massage the back of your neck and head while taking slow, deep breaths. This small exercise alone can help to reduce back pain by improving strength, balance and spine flexibility.
3: Walk More
Try to add a few more minutes to your daily walking routine. This could be something as simple as taking the stairs instead of the lift or parking a little further away from your office.
Small changes can bring big results, so make sure you start giving your back the attention it needs.
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today.
* Office of National Statistics 2015. Research carried out between: 07/01/2015 and 20/01/2015 on 2,127 UK adults aged 18 – 65 on behalf of the British Chiropractic Association.
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today
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