Poor mattresses and pillows can indeed cause or aggravate back pain, but working conditions, day-to-day stress and a lack of exercise have all been cited as reasons for back pain. Back pain affect up to 80% of people at some time in their lives, and back pain sufferers often have great difficulty sleeping well. back
How To Treat Your Back Pain
MATTRESS & PILLOW CHOICE
Back pain is often caused or aggravated by bad or worn-out mattresses. A new pressure-relieving mattress and pillow can make a huge difference. It can support your back, shoulders and neck where it needs it most and thereby help you sleep in a better position, relieving pressure points and back pain.
Chiropractic treats disorders of the joints, muscles and ligaments. Chiropractors use manual therapy – a technique in which the body is manipulated with the hands. Osteopaths and physiotherapists can also perform it to ‘adjust’ the spine, help to relieve pain and increase movement.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that problems with the structure of one part of the body can cause pain and difficulty in functioning in other parts. Manipulative techniques relax tense muscles and stretches improve movement and relieve acute lower back pain.
Medical acupuncture follows orthodox diagnosis and works by stimulating nerves in muscle and other tissues through the insertion of tiny needles that repair and promote healing. Trigger point spots or muscle knots are often targeted, with the treatment useful for treating chronic lower back pain and fibromyalgia.
Tips For Taking Care Of Your Back
- Gentle, regular exercise strengthens the back muscles
- Bend your knees and hips, not your back, and try to prevent bending and twisting at the same time
- Lift and carry objects close to your body
- Ensure your mattress and pillow supports the spine in the correct anatomical position
- Drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day as it is thought that dehydration may increase the risk of back pain
- Maintain good posture – avoid slumping in your chair or hunching over a desk
- Change your sitting position every few minutes
- Desk chairs should be properly adjusted – knees should be level with or slightly lower than your hips and feet should be flat on the floor. If your chair doesn’t provide enough back support, you may need to invest in a lumbar support
- A computer monitor should be about 30cm to 75cm from your eyes, which is roughly arm’s length from the top of the screen
- Wrists should be straight when using a computer keyboard, not bent up or down
- Take regular breaks when driving long distances in the workplace