We are all very busy with day to day life, we just don’t have time to deal with back pain!  Here are some simple tips to help keep your spine as healthy as possible!

1.   Wear the correct shoes!

Your shoes need to support your spine – so whether you are walking for exercise or just to get to where you are going, the shoes you wear play an important part in supporting your lower back.  Good shoes provide a supportive base that helps the spine and in fact the whole body remain in alignment.

Make sure the area of the shoe that fits the back of the heel is snug, but not overly tight, as a good fit in the heel prevents too much rolling of the foot to the inside or outside.

2.  Limit sitting time!

The discs in the low back are loaded three times more whilst sitting than standing, so long periods of sitting can create or aggravate a painful back condition.  Also when sitting at a desk and/or looking at a computer screen, we tend to slouch and lean forward, putting more stress on the low back.

Making sure you have the right office chair and practicing good posture whilst seated play an important role in promoting good posture and supporting the natural curves of your back.  It is also important to do whatever you can to avoid sitting for long periods.  Make sure you get up to stretch and walk around every 20-30 minutes.  Pace about when talking on the phone.  The spine is meant to move to stay healthy and movement fuels the spine with healthy nutrients.

3.  Rest your spine whilst sleeping!

When lying down, all the structures in your spine that have worked hard all day finally have an opportunity to relax and be rejuvenated.  Make sure that you have a mattress and pillows that allow your spine to rest in a supported and comfortable way.

4.  Exercise!

Your core muscles – stomach and low back muscles – need to be strong and supple in order to support your spine and take pressure off the lower back.

5.  Have a massage!

Massage has a number of therapeutic benefits in addition to general stress relief.  A good massage will help generate endorphins – the body’s natural pain killer, it can also encourage blood flow which brings healing nutrients to the affected area, which can speed healing.

6.  See your Chiropractor regularly!

Having regular, maintenance Chiropractic treatment will make sure your spine stays healthy and moving correctly, therefore helping to minimise back pain.

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