You’re not alone with back pain.

Over 80% of New Zealander’s will experience back pain in their lifetime

There can be various triggers, from injuries such as whiplash or a slipped disc, to slouching in chairs and bad posture, and although its most commonly felt in the lower back, it can be felt anywhere from your spine to your hips. Back pain may be mildly uncomfortable through to severely painful and debilitating. Some back pain is caused by more serious disease but most is caused by dysfunction of the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and body. Back pain can be difficult to navigate, and so local Osteopath Cushla from Active Osteopathy has put together some tips to help achieve some level of comfort and pain relief.

STAY ACTIVE

Keep active and moving even when you have pain. Gentle walking, swimming and stretching will prevent stiffness. You may need to take it easy at first with tasks like lifting and bending. Bed rest can make your back pain worse, so get up and about. Pop in and see me at Active Osteopathy and I can advise you on safe, appropriate exercises that will support your back. Although pain can make you feel like keeping to yourself, it’s important to catch up with friends and continue with your hobbies and interests as much as possible.

GET BACK TO WORK

Getting back to work quickly keeps you involved with others, gets you into a routine and helps you focus on something other than your back pain. If you can’t manage full days at work at first, talk to your employer about easing back into your job. This could involve working part of the days at first, or it could mean that for a time you avoid doing those parts of your job that will make your back feel worse, like heavy lifting. If your work involves lots of sitting, make sure you get up and stretch regularly. It’s good to do this whether or not you have a sore back!

AVOID BED REST

Research shows that you should avoid bed rest with back pain. Staying active can help reduce your pain and shorten recovery time in most cases. At Active Osteopathy, Cushla can advise you on the right level of activity for you.

EASE YOUR PAIN

There are over-the-counter medications available to help you manage your back pain so don’t try to ‘tough it out’. Talk to a health professional about what might work best for you.

TAKE ACTION IF YOU DON’T GET BETTER

If you’re not feeling better after a few days then please seek additional treatment. Cushla is an experienced Osteopath that can help you treat and manage your back pain. She can identify the factors contributing to your specific back problem and design a treatment plan and management programme just right for you. Cushla will also check if there are any underlying health conditions which could be contributing to your back pain. Her aim is to get you back to full movement and enjoying life again.

So don’t settle for niggles and pain this Christmas, make an appointment to see Cushla today.