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Schools have now broken up and many people will be heading off on their annual summer holidays. Unfortunately, back pain shows no respect for whether you are on holiday or not. In fact, there are a number of things that we do on holiday that can make us more vulnerable to back pain. Here are a few tips that hopefully can make the difference between holiday heaven and holiday hell.
As a nation, we love our gardens, but when it comes to back pain, gardening often gets a bad press. However, this is somewhat unfair, because gardening is an exercise that is good for you. Like any exercise, to limit the risk of injury your need to know a little bit about good technique, use the available equipment, and be sensible.
Inactivity and prolonged sitting is linked to back pain. 1 in 4 people experience back or neck pain every day. 78% feel they spend too much time sat down, with 44% of people attributing their back pain to sitting. But muscle and joint problems are only part of the picture. International research provides compelling evidence that sitting for more than 4 hours a day increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, certain cancers and depression.
A recent study has highlighted the importance of being physically active. A lack of physical exercise may be responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity. The good news is that becoming moderately active reduces the risk of an early death by up to 30%. Researchers estimate that walking just 20 minutes a day is enough to produce these significant health benefits.
Results from the 2014 National Back Pain Survey complied by Backcare (the national charity for back and neck pain) show that stress and tension are the most consistent predictors of future back pain in the workplace.
New research shows that if you walk or cycle to work, you will benefit from improved mental wellbeing in a number of areas - such as concentration, the ability to make decisions and enjoy normal daily activities, and that it reduces the feeling of being constantly under strain.
Research evidence shows that chiropractic care can help in the prevention of Migraine Headaches. 7th-13th September is Migraine Awareness Week and the team at Skelian are keen to promote the benefit that chiropractic management can provide.
80% of the UK Population will get Back Pain at some time in their life and studies have shown that up to 33% of the UK adult population has some degree of back pain at any one time. But why is it so common?
A 21st century lifestyle involves long periods of time in static positions, whether that is sat at a computer, behind the wheel of a car, or simply in front of the television. Given that the human body functions best when it is mobile, it is not surprising that these static postures result in symptoms of stiffening up, and chronic strain being placed an certain parts of the body.