You get your hair cut. You go for dental checkups. Why not take care of your back health this week?
It’s Chiropractic Awareness Week 8-14th April and we’d like to invite you and your family to benefit from a spinal health check and posture review, where we can offer some advice on how to care for your back. You can also find out how chiropractors can help you move better and feel better.
We’re asking those booking in for spinal health checks to make a donation to Chiropractic Research Council to support the vital work they do in researching chiropractic to benefit our patients.
We’d like to thank everyone who has taken part so far- if you’d like to book your spinal health check for yourself, your children, parents or partner, simply call us on 01243 379693 or book online here.
If you don’t want a spinal health check but do want to support the initiative, our JustGiving page can be found here to donate to the chiropractic research council directly.
Taking care of your back is easy when you know how! Research from the British Chiropractic Association shows that 42% of us in the South East do not take steps to help with back or neck pain. Simple things and small changes can make a huge impact when it comes to managing your back pain.
Should you exercise with back pain?
Is ice or heat better?
What can I do at home to help me get better?
We have the answers to all the above (and then some) so come and visit us to learn how to keep your back healthy for life.
According to the BCA’s survey, when it comes to back and neck pain, they found that:
- 42% of people don’t take any steps to look after their back health
- Only 58% have taken preventative steps to protect themselves from developing back or neck pain
- 80% of people have experienced back or neck pain
- 11% wouldn’t seek help from a health professional for back pain and, 31% would wait a month or longer
- Only 10% would make changes to their daily routine if experiencing back or neck pain
- 19% choose their mattresses bases on price, rather than comfort
BCA President and Chiropractor, Catherine Quinn, commented on the findings:
“There are so many people in the UK living with neck or back pain because they don’t know what preventative steps they can take, so we want to shine a light on the simple changes which can help. Chiropractic Awareness Week is designed to educate everyone on the best ways to prevent and tackle back or neck pain, from changing up your posture when sat at a desk, to sleeping on the right mattress.”
“Easy changes to your day-to-day life can make a significant difference, but if your pain doesn’t reduce or is prolonged, you should always see a health professional for further guidance.”
The BCA’s top tips for keeping on top of neck and back pain include:
- Keep on moving: Physical activity can be beneficial for managing back pain, however it’s important that if this is of a moderate to high intensity that you warm up and down properly to get your body ready to move! If a previous injury is causing you pain, adapt your exercise or seek some advice. Activities such as swimming, walking or yoga can be less demanding on your body, while keeping you mobile!
- Take a break: When sitting for long periods of time, ensure you stand up and move around every 30 minutes. When at work, also make sure your desk is set up to support a comfortable position. This is different for everyone so if you don’t feel comfortable in your current set up, try altering the height of your chair or screen.
- Lifting and carrying: Remember to bend from the knees, not the waist when lifting heavy items. Face in the direction of movement and take your time. Hold the object as close to your body as possible, and where you can avoid carrying objects which are too heavy to manage alone, ask for help or use the necessary equipment.
- Sleep comfortably: The Sleep Council recommends buying a new mattress at least every 7 years. Mattresses lose their support over time, so if you can feel the springs through your mattress, or the mattress is no longer level, your mattress is no longer providing the support you need. Everyone has different support requirements, so when purchasing your mattress ensure it is supportive for you. If you share a bed and require different mattress types, consider two single mattresses which are designed to be joined together, to ensure you both get the support you need.
- Straighten Up!: The BCA has created a programme of three-minute exercises, Straighten Up UK, which can be slotted in to your daily schedule to help prevent back pain by promoting movement, balance, strength and flexibility in the spine.