The British Chiropractic Association teamed up with trusted TV doctor, Dr. Chris Steele, to raise awareness of these important issues and you can hear the audio by clicking to the right.
Tim Hutchful, British Chiropractic Association (BCA) chiropractor comments: “There are simple things you can do at any age to help preserve the health of your back, and the BCA is on hand with a wealth of practical advice”.
“Throughout our lives our habits and activities change, impacting our bodies in a number of ways. This combined with the natural course of ageing means that our spine and back can be heavily affected, which is why it’s just as important to pay attention to your back care needs just as much as other, more visible parts of your body” – Dr. Chris Steele
Whatever your age, see below hints and tips from the BCA for maintaining a healthy posture:
When playing sport at school it’s a good idea to take care of your back even at this early age. As with any exercise, you need to warm up first. Don’t go straight into it; start with lighter movements like walking or jogging to lessen the chance of muscle strain. If you are exercising, why not throw in some stretches and exercises specifically designed to strengthen your back? Easy to learn and do, the BCA has developed a sequence of precise, slow stretches, each with a specific purpose. To see the exercises, watch them in action on a downloadable vodcast, view an online step by step guide or request free leaflets, click here.
According to a recent research report published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood which looked to investigate whether backpack weight is associated with back pain in children, 50% of children carrying heavy back packs had a higher risk of back pain.
CHECK IT! This makes it really important to check a child’s school bag every day to make sure they are only carrying the things they need for that day. Also, make sure your child is using a backpack and ensure they wear it correctly; both straps on and tightened so the back pack is snug up against the whole of the back.
At this time in life we may find we are slaves to fashion. Bags in particular are a must have item and these accessories come in all shapes and sizes.
Cross body bags are good for spreading the load across your back but best are those bags that share the weight over both shoulders and help to prevent any strain on your back muscles.
Career Climbing Thirties
At this time of life people are contending with long working hours and parenthood which can both be detrimental to back health!
If using a laptop, don’t sit in the same position for long periods as you are looking down onto the screen with your head unsupported. Rest the laptop on a table not on your lap, arms should be flat and your elbows level with the desk or table you are using. Use a seat with arm rests.
Check that your mattress is giving you the support you need. When lying on your side, your spine should be in a straight line. The key thing when buying a new mattress is to TRY TRY TRY out as many as possible to find the right one for you.
Slow Down Forties
It’s time to be aware of the initial signs of ageing. Ensure you keep active, as a sedentary lifestyle is the enemy of a healthy back.
It is important to take care of any back problems you develop. Mild strains can be handled by staying gently mobile and using ice on the painful area. If problems persist, see your doctor or someone like a chiropractor.
Muscles and joints are designed for movement where possible walk and exercise to keep fit. All movement and exercise will improve muscle tone, improve circulation and posture.
Get Fit Fifty +
At this time of life our fitness levels wane. Try to take up a new sport which will give gentle exercise whilst keeping you moving and flexible.
If you drive around rather than walk or cycle remember that we are all different shapes and sizes and make sure you adjust car seats, head rests and steering wheels to meet your individual requirements. This will not only improve your comfort in the car but also your safety.