Back Problems - 3 Ways to Help Your Back

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It is easy to real off statistics relating to how many people experience back problems and how many annual work days are lost as a result. It is also common to assume that back problems are inevitable and that there is little that you can do about them once they arrive.

This is not however the case and there are a number of active steps that you can take to help, support and rest your back.

I injured my back during a fall in 2001 and, after an ongoing problems, I combined seeing a chiropractor with the three steps below to put things right. I have subsequently seen the pain, spasms and stiffness go and my life has improved as a result.

The three main things that you need to do relate to the three main postures that you adopt during any given day and they are, lying down, sitting and standing.

1. The back rests and recovers during sleep, so you need a good bed and mattress. You spend one third of your life sleeping, so invest in a quality orthopedic style mattress that shapes to your body and spine and allows your entire body to relax and recover from the exertions of the day.

A good mattress will last for up to 20 years and with body molding materials like visco elastic memory foam and foam latex the mattress will accommodate your unique shape. Don't skimp on a mattress, it is one of life's products that invests in your health. We spent £1,500 (UK Stirling)

2. When we are not in bed we tend to be sitting down and either working, traveling or relaxing. This may be in an office, the home, or a car and it is important that a good sitting posture is maintained for the health of our back.

In the work place or home office it is possible to buy an ergonomic chair that has numerous adjustments that customize it to a user. This allows features like seat height, seat and backrest angles and seat rake to be set to the size and shape of each individual user. I spent £230 on a multi adjustable ergo office chair.

In the home and car, cushions, padded lumbar supports and bolsters can be used to ease comfort and support the natural curve in the lower spine, all of which will help the back.

Frequently getting up, taking a walk and changing seated positions will also help the back and body. This should be done as frequently as possible.

3. Maintaining good posture during standing and walking is critical to helping keep the back healthy. A problem with the back can quickly manifest itself into pains and twinges all over the body, so stand tall without hunching and walk in a sprightly way.

If you sense that your posture is poor, or if sitting, standing and walking are uncomfortable, you can gain help in improving posture by seeing an Alexander technique practitioner. You can also see some simple tutorials on this on sites like YouTube.

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Finally, to get practical information and help on selecting the best types of bed and mattress (and there are a lot), along with options for chairs ranging from ergonomic chairs to lift and tilt chairs, check out these bed and chair information/guide sites, http://www.orthopedicbed.net (for orthopedic style beds) and http://www.orthopedicchair.net (for healthy chairs).

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This article was published on 2010/04/03