Ways To Decrease Your Back Pain

August 30 2017
By Joe Pashley

Did you know that 70-90% of people in Australia experience back pain at some point in their life?

BACK PAIN is a normal part of the human experience, but a pain that persists past 6 weeks is often a sign that your back is not recovering as well as it should. The spine is a complex and highly sensitive structure, it protects our spinal cord and allows us to twist, bend, lift and run. It is also extremely ROBUST and STRONG. Many people think they have a weak back when in fact they have just learnt to move differently, and when they put their back in a stressful situation the spinal structures have a reaction to that stress ie. pain. Physiotherapy can help you to get your back moving healthily again and in the process reduce your likelihood of back pain.

Here are some simple tips to decrease your likelihood of back pain:

– Exercise regularly (doing something you enjoy!)

– Maintain a healthy weight

– Get a good nights sleep

– Have regular breaks from prolonged sitting, stationary standing or repetitious activity that aggravates  your back

– Stay hydrated and have a healthy well-balanced diet

Decreasing your back pain is often as simple as making one or two lifestyle changes. If you feel your back is not recovering then speak to your doctor or physiotherapist.

If you have an issue that may benefit from physiotherapy, call to schedule an appointment with Joe Pashley at 03 5229 5192 (Myers Street Family Medical Practice), 03 5241 6129 (The Cottage Medical Centre), or 03 5264 8838 (Torquay Medical Health & Wellness Clinic). For Corporate Care Program, visit Workplace Health & Safety Victoria.