With our busy modern lifestyles, many of us take risks with our backs on a daily basis and we aren’t always quick to heed the warning signs of any emerging problems. But taking care of your back is vitally important to help prevent discomfort now and more serious conditions in the future.
Here are a few common scenarios where you should take extra care to look after your back:
Sleeping: Your sleeping posture is especially important because you tend to move around less during the night, so a bad position often has several hours to take its toll. Different people need different things from their mattress, but the key is to make sure it’s supportive. Your spine should be parallel to the mattress without sagging or bowing, which includes the level of your head on the pillow.
Using Computers: We are spending more and more time at computers so it’s worth taking some time to make sure your set up is correct. Make sure your chair supports your lower back without tilting you too far forward or back, and that your feet reach the floor comfortably. If you use a laptop, invest in a stand that raises it to eye level.
Gardening and DIY: As with any other exercise, you should warm up by tackling the little jobs before you build up to any heavy duty lifting or bending. Make use of any tools that are available to take the strain off you, and remember to vary your position and activity every half an hour or so.
Driving: It’s important to set your car up to a suitable position, even if you share a car and this means tweaking the seat every time you drive. Your hands should rest comfortably on the steering wheel with a slight bend at the elbow and the mirrors should be positioned so that you can see without moving your head very much at all.
Back pain is one of the most common conditions that we see here at Kenilworth Chiropractors, so we understand the importance of looking after yourself in those day to day situations. If you do suffer from discomfort in your back, we will take care to assess the specific cause of pain and formulate a treatment to suit you.
To find out more about our friendly and professional chiropractic services in Kenilworth, call us on 01926 865985 or fill in our online enquiry form.