March 2011 is National Bed Month and we will be looking at how you can work towards a better night's rest and look after your back.
Trouble with your back does not simply produce pain in the back. Often it may cause symptoms in more remote areas such as the buttocks, groin, hips, and legs (commonly called sciatica).
Problems in the spine and neck can also cause symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, clicking jaw, pins and needles and many more.
Indeed research has shown that problems related to the back may affect over 60% of the UK’s population at some stage in their lives.
Osteopaths are trained professionals who are skilled in diagnosing problems, including those which may require further investigation if necessary.
Around 30,000 people currently consult osteopaths every working day with more than seven million consultations carried out every year (General Osteopathic Council).
NICE (the National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines recommend manipulative therapies including osteopathy for the treatment of lower back pain.
Keeping a healthy spine and joints.
When young, the body can adapt easily to the stress and strain it is put under. As it grows older (over 25 years!) it begins to lose some of the elasticity which gives the body the flexibility to cope and adapt.
In particular this applies to the discs between the vertebrae and the joint cartilage. These require regular movement to ensure their maximum range and thereby increase local circulation and nutrition to the surrounding fluids and tissues.
10 top tips for back care.
- Keep moving and stretching.
- Take regular exercise.
- Take frequent breaks between repetitive tasks and vary the rhythm.
- Change position – avoid ‘computer hump’.
- Pace yourself when the work is heavy e.g. gardening.
- Adjust car seats, and on long journeys, have breaks and stretch.
- Watch children’s posture – don’t let them carry bags on one shoulder (that goes for adults too).
- Avoid strain when lifting especially when shopping and with small children.
- Is your bed the right bed or is it getting old?
- Seek osteopathic advice earlier rather than later.
For more information about osteopathy, whether it can help you or to book an appointment please contact:
Nicholas Coysh BSc (Hons)
Serendipity Health & Beauty
22a Chipstead Station Parade
Clinic: 01737 554 704
Mobile: 07817 934 270
The White Horse Hotel
Tel: 01903 745831
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