Did you know that an estimated 4 million Australians have back problems? The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare also estimates that 90% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives.1
With such a high prevalence of back pain in our society, chances are you or someone you know will suffer from back pain and its subsequent impacts on life one day.
Several factors can contribute to low back pain, including poor posture, excessive sitting, lack of exercise, using incorrect lifting techniques and much more. Taking care of your spinal health allows you to participate in the healthiest life possible, both physically and mentally.
Here are a few tips to help manage your lower back pain:
- Avoid sitting for longer than 30 minutes at a time.
- When lifting heavy objects, keep the object as close to your body as you can. When space permits bend at the knees instead of the waist to lessen the strain on your back, use both hands and slowly stand up.
- Keep moving and engaged in your daily activities – research shows that exercising can help reduce pain.
- When sitting down, especially at a desk, ensure you sit with your shoulders back and relaxed, feet firmly on the floor with your computer at eye level.
Chiropractic care can also be a great way to help manage your back pain by offering you a drug free alternative to not only help prevent and alleviate pain but to promote a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.
Chiropractors also work in partnership with their patients to provide appropriate, tailored care as well as provide lifestyle advice to help prevent reoccurrence.
1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems/contents/what-are-back-problems