As we are settling into our new ways of living life in lockdown, the kitchen table desk set up we thought would only be needed temporarily may now be starting to look like a semi-permanent feature. It may also be the reason behind the niggles in your lower back, which is no surprise. Research suggests that globally most people will experience back pain at some point during their lifetime.

Although very common, any form of back pain can be worrying and sometimes extremely debilitating.  It can easily be triggered by changes in our daily habits or routines and unfortunately lockdown has caused many people to change their routines.

The back’s main function is to support and protect the spinal cord and to effectively move and transfer load from the lower part of our body to the top, whilst providing as much movement as possible.

There is often not one specific cause when we develop lower back pain but more likely to a combination of different things.  These can include completing loaded or repetitive movements, being in certain postures or positions for prolonged periods of time and some psychological factors can affect the onset of back pain as well!

It has been documented that COVID-19 and its effects are causing additional stress to many of our lives, and surprisingly this may also be influencing the aches and pains we are feeling in our body as a result.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have produced clinical guidelines for the management of non-specific lower back pain in adults. They report that prolonged rest and avoidance of activity leads to higher levels of pain, greater disability, poorer recovery and longer absence from work.

In the first few days of a new episode of low back pain, it may help to temporarily relieve pain by avoiding aggravating activities. However, it is still important to stay as active as possible and return to all your usual activities gradually to aid recovery. While it is normal to move differently and more slowly in the first few days of having back pain, this altered movement can be detrimental to how your back moves if continued in the long-term.

Below are some tips to help manage an episode of back pain during lockdown:

  • Keep moving – It is easy to be tempted to stay in bed when you have back pain, but ultimately it will have a detrimental effect on your health
  • Sleep – 7-8 hours of good quality sleep each night can help manage stress levels
  • Regular gentle exercise – Go for a 20 – 30 minute walk every day, not only will this increase the flexibility in your spine but is also another good stress reliever
  • Time to contact your Chiropractor – Get help if your back pain does not clear up after 6 weeks

Should you require any further information or would like to speak to a member of our team please call us on: Hitchin 01462 420077 or Luton 01582 579687, alternatively e-mail us on: hichin@healesclinics.com or luton@healesclinics.com