Important to understand that at some point in your life, it’s very likely you will suffer from some form of back pain.
The stats from the stats people show 80 per cent of people over the age of 40, will suffer with some from what I call “daily, annoying back pain.
Maybe not severe, but definitely “nagging”. And here’s the best tip I can ever give you: If you are aged 40+, don’t pass that off as being “normal” or think it’s an age thing – it absolutely isn’t.
Don’t let anyone, GPs included, tell you that it is and that nothing can be done about it.
I see stories on a DAILY basis of countless people who were told nothing could be done about their back pain, who simply followed the advice I’m about to share with you, and wished they’d gone and asked some questions of a specialist, much earlier.
With that said, to wrap up the back pain trilogy of articles, here are five ways to end back pain without having to take pain killers, or call and see the GP:
1. Avoid Sitting for more than 20 minutes at a time
There’s so much gossip that surrounds back pain. But this is FACT...you and I were not designed to sit. It goes against every basic, fundamental rule of the way we originally evolved as humans.
When you sit there is approximately 10x more pressure pushing down on your spine than when you stand tall. If you’re an office worker and you must sit, remember to stand frequently.
2. Avoid sitting cross legged
Your spine isn’t designed to twist or turn. And sitting in a cross-legged position is doing just that. Your joints are twisted, muscles stretched and in this position your spine/lower back is weak and you’re vulnerable to injury. Spending an excess of time in this position will catch up on you – usually aged 40-60.
3. Avoid sleeping on your stomach
There isn’t a more effective, faster route to self-inflicted damage to your spine/lower back.
Avoid this position like the plague. Every part of your spine is twisted and in the wrong position and if you sleep like this, it’s no wonder you are suffering from back pain.
4. Choose sensible footwear
Bizarre choices of footwear include high heels, sandals, flip-flops and plimsole style trainers or shoes. Why bizzare? Because they’re all proven to ADD to your back pain.
It’s because there’s a lack of cushioning to absorb shock with these types. So your lower back has to take all of the impact every time your foot lands on the floor (not good for your knees and hips either). If you can absorb some of the shock by wearing nice soft, well fitted and cushioned shoes/trainers, then you could reduce your back pain by as much as 20-25 per cent.
5. Stretch yourself at the beginning and end of every day
Another daily ritual that will transform your health. Along with Pilates, Yoga is a must! Now that you’re in the 40-60 age bracket, every day you wake up your body is tightening and losing flexibility. So you must do something to reverse it or at very least, slow it down.And it’s Yoga that you need to find - fast. It’s a series of stretches designed to make your body more supple and more flexible.
Big Bonus Tip: Do regular pilates.
This is the 100 year old tradition that if you do regularly, can really transform your health.
Pilates is joint number one on my list of the most important things that anyone can do to prevent back pain. And incase you were wondering, Pilates is a series of exercises designed to improve muscle tone and control. Understand that it’s the latter (control) that is often missing from lower back muscles and the root cause of most people’s back pain and stiffness.
So there you have it, 5 ways (plus a BIG bonus) tips on ways you can end back pain naturally.
There are even more, and if you want them, go here to www.paulgoughphysio.com/back-pain and down load your free special report that I have prepared for Hartlepool Mail and contains the kind of actionable tips that people benefit from, each day in my physio clinic. Or call my office and we’ll send one to you, free with my compliments. Enjoy.