4 Tips for Back Pain

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4 Tips for Back Pain

26 January 2022
 Categories: Health & Medical , Blog

Many people suffer from back pain, with the discomfort often going on for years with little or no relief. The good news is that a few simple lifestyle changes and seeking the right kind of help can make a big difference to sufferers of back pain. Take a look at these tips to see where you can start.

1. Seek Physiotherapy

When it comes to back pain, you need to see a healthcare provider who understands the structure of the back and how its various parts function together to produce either comfortable movement or debilitating pain. A physiotherapist is a great option because they are trained to understand how muscles, bones, and other structures work together and support each other. A physiotherapist can identify muscle weaknesses that could be causing or contributing to your back pain and show you exercises that you can do to strengthen them.

2. Improve Posture

Many people who struggle with back pain have poor posture. If you work at a desk all day, it is easy to end up in a slouched or hunched position that puts a very large amount of strain on your spine. The ideal posture for desk work is all about right angles: at the knees, ankles, hips and elbows. You can use a footstool, keyboard drawer, and lower back support to help you achieve this position.

3. Change Position Regularly

Sitting still for a long period of time can cause back muscles to stiffen up. Try to take regular breaks from your desk during the day. A short walk or a few minutes of gentle stretching can help your back to feel better. You might also find it helpful to try an adjustable desk that allows you to switch between sitting and standing positions.

4. Exercise Within Your Capabilities

Strenuous exercise is not suitable for people with back pain as it is likely to trigger extreme discomfort. However, sometimes gentle exercise can be helpful. Taking a stroll every day could help your muscles to relax and feel more comfortable. Swimming is also good for some people with back pain, as the water provides support to ease the strain on your back. Talk to your doctor or physiotherapist to get more ideas of the types of exercise that might be suitable for you. You may need to start very small with exercise, doing just a few minutes at a time, and then work up to longer sessions.