Low back pain is the most common cause of job related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days.  Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation!

It is important to point out that you should stay as active as possible and try to continue your daily activities, as resting for long periods is likely to make the pain worse.  However below is a list of things to stop doing if you do have low back pain:-

1. Stop waiting for the pain to go away! – If you have had pain for more than a week or two, it’s time to see your Chiropractor!  While it is to be commended to try and manage the pain yourself, the earlier you start treatment, the better the chances are of making a full recovery and a quick return to normal function.

2. Stop smoking! – Not only does smoking have negative effects on your health, some studies have indicated that smoking can also increase the chances of having low back pain.  Nicotine restricts blood flow, slowing down circulation and reducing the flow of nutrients to joints and muscles.  Cigarette smoking also reduces calcium absorption and prevents new bone growth, additionally, coughing from heavy smoking can cause back pain.

3. Stop repetitive bending! – Chronic strains are caused by repetitive movements that gradually overstretch or tear muscles.  Stressful, repeated motion can cause muscles to tighten or tear!  Bending forward a lot can increase pressure on the discs of the spine, leading to muscles aches and pains!

4. Stop slouching! – One of the most common causes of low back pain is poor sitting posture.  The strain on the back whilst sitting poorly can cause excessive pressure on the joints, muscles and discs, causing pain!

5. Stop avoiding exercise! – Exercise for your back has been proved to beneficial for most low back pain.  It helps keep the core muscles strong, provides increased circulation to the joints and discs and gives you a sense of well-being!

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