• 15 JUL 15
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    A pain in the back …

    Back pain may or may not have bothered you so far in your life, but if it has then you won’t need to be told about how excruciating and troublesome it can be. To add weight to this argument, it’s important to realise just how widespread back problems are becoming in today’s society; the Australian Bureau of Statistics 207-2008 National Health Survey showed that around 1.8 million Australians have suffered from, and sought help, for back pain. This doesn’t even report those who have suffered and not visited the doctor for treatment.

    It’s not just the elderly or busy who are reporting such problems, as there is a prevalence between young people nowadays too, probably as a result of poor posture when using hand-held devices for long periods of time.

    The good news is that there are plenty of preventative measures you can take if you find yourself either starting to feel a twinge in the back, or wanting to stop a possible problem before it starts.

    Here at Eastland Chiropractic we are highly experienced in helping to not only treat current back pain problems, but can also give valuable advice on what to do in order to help prevent a problem in the future. Ringwood chiropractic, Dr Tracey Lademann, has years of experience in treating back pain, using gentle, highly effective chiropractic methods to help treat troublesome back problems. This generally takes the form of spinal adjustments and alignment techniques, which are totally holistic, kick-starting the body’s own healing processes. Of course, this all comes after a firm diagnosis of your particular problem.

    They say however that prevention is better than cure, and in the case of back pain, this is certainly true. There are a few lifestyle changes you can make in order to help prevent a recurrent problem in the future.

    Look at how you lift – Are you guilty of lifting heavy objects incorrectly? If so, you could be putting yourself at risk of injury. When lifting, always bend your knees, tighten your abdominal muscles in order to protect your back, and keep the object you’re lifting close to your body.

    Turn, don’t twist – Twisting motions cause injury, so simply avoid anything that means you have to twist around, and instead try and move your body as a whole.

    Stay hydrated – Drinking plenty of water helps keep your body supple and loose, rather than stiff. The discs which act as shock absorbers within the spine need hydration in order to do their job effectively.

    Exercise – Being strong and supple will give you a much better chance of preventing back injury, rather than living a sedentary lifestyle, whereby your back is often stiff and doesn’t move as freely as it should. When exercising, always warm up and cool down also.

    Be posture aware – If you’re slouching without realising it then you’re putting your back under extra pressure, which could be causing you pain. If you sit for long periods of time at work, perhaps at a computer, make sure you have the correct posture at all times.

    Back pain even in a mild form can be distressing, however when it gets worse, it can be debilitating. For this reason, it’s important to try and minimise risk as much as possible. If you are at all concerned about a current back pain problem, or you’re seeking advice on how to prevent it, call the practice now on 03 9095 7990 to arrange an appointment. You don’t need to suffer in silence for a second longer.

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