Recent studies have found that back pain is the number one cause of disability around the world. Not only that, but back pain is also on the rise, with more people suffering from lumbar problems than ever before – 9.4% in one study – and this is having devastating effects on people’s lives.
Coping with back pain can be incredibly difficult, but learning to look after your back couldn’t be easier. The two main contributing factors to back pain – particularly lower back pain – are age and inactivity. So, providing you’ve got some years left in you, a willingness to try and no relevant underlying health problems, there’s no reason why you can’t have a healthy back.
Exercise for Back Pain
Back pain is often excruciating, but the absolute worst thing you can do is sit down and stay down. Instead, take some painkillers and anti-inflammatories, and try to go through your daily routine as you normally would do. This in itself is a type of exercise which can have untold benefits for a bad back.
If you’re interested in doing exercises which are specifically designed to help bad backs, you may wish to take a look at activities such as Yoga, Pilates and swimming. In the gym you might consider using either the exercise bike or the cross trainer. All of these workouts are low impact; the first three will help to improve muscle tone and the last two will improve cardio and heart rate.
If you do decide to seek treatment for your back, osteopathy is perhaps the best discipline to investigate. Not only does osteopathy have a good track record as an effective alternative therapy, but if you’re looking for an osteopath London has plenty to choose from, all of whom tend to be highly experienced in treating bad backs.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your back will be cured after just one visit. Osteopathy works over time and it’s usually recommended that you have at least 6 sessions. You may not even feel better until you reach this point, but if you don’t feel it working straight away it’s important not to give up.
Possibly the best thing you can do for your back is to live healthily. People who are overweight and/or inactive generally tend to be more at risk for bad backs than other people of the same age. Eat well, drink lots of water and make sure to take a little exercise every day.