Most people will experience some back pain in their lifetime; for some this will be minor and relatively short-lived, while for others it will be much more severe and long lasting. While certain cases of back pain will be caused by serious damage, there are a whole host of other everyday scenarios that can cause this discomfort.
Poor lifting technique
One of the most common causes of back pain is improper technique when lifting, carrying, pulling or pushing heavy objects. Not only can this cause back pain, it can sometimes result in more serious, long-term injuries. To avoid injury when moving heavy objects, always keep your back straight and bend your knees, keeping the object as close to you as possible to minimise the stress on your back. If you need to change direction, do not twist your waist, turn with your feet instead.
Injury while exercising
Regular exercise is a vital component of living a healthy lifestyle, but some people will report suffering from back pain after a vigorous workout or after playing a sport. This will not be down to the exercise itself, but the fact that the person exercising didn’t properly stretch and warm up before they began.
Bad office setup
For those of us who spend our working days sat in front of a computer, back pain can be a common issue. This is usually due to a mixture of bad posture and not having your workstation setup correctly. To reduce this risk, it is recommended that you sit upright, without slouching, and have your chair at such a height that your thighs are at right angles to your body and your feet are firmly on the floor.
If you are suffering from severe back pain, osteopathy can be a huge help. Faz Page has been treating patients around the North West for over 10 years and uses a variety of different techniques to help alleviate back pain, as well as a range of other conditions.
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