Back pain July 10 2015

 "I've put my back out"!!!  Do you know how many times I've heard that in my office?  You can avoid a lot of back pain by applying the following advice:

  • Use it or lose it - When lifting heavy objects or picking up the kids, use your knees.  Otherwise this will lead to overstretching and damage your back.  Try not to bend from the waist, which increases the stress on your lower back.
  •  Keep it close – the weight you are carrying should be kept as close to you as possible to help reduce the strain on your neck and back. Putting the weight down can often cause just as many injuries as lifting it up. If possible, put the weight on something at waist height rather than the floor.
  • Sit up – if watching the big game or race on your TV or mobile device make sure you are sitting comfortably with your back supported in the base of the chair. Sitting with your head forward adds strain on your neck and back so always sit with your head directly over your body.
  •  Get moving but ease in – the back is mechanical in nature so try to move around every 20 to 30 minutes whether at home or at work. Being active is a great way to keep back pain at bay but don’t be tempted to go full throttle with high endurance based activities as it can put the body under huge amounts of stress. Ease yourself in gently if you haven’t exercised in a while.

However, if this advice doesn't work don't hesitate to call.  A lot of back pain is caused by previous injuries that need to be dealt with, arthritis, degenerative disc disease etc.  Most people know that massage and acupuncture can really help with pain but have a look at the "Success Stories" page on my website and you will see how effective matrix repatterning can be!!!