One of the most common reasons that people come to see us here at Jowett and Moulton Chiropractors is to treat and prevent back pain (Around 16% of Australians currently experience back pain, and around 80% of Australians will experience back pain at some point in their lives). Like many things, proper care for your back starts at home.
Here are three easy ways that you start to take better care of your spine from home:
1.) Pay attention to your posture.
Many of us spend large periods of time in front of the TV or computer screen or using our phones. It is incredibly important to be mindful of your posture when doing this, as sitting in a bad posture for extended periods of time places an incredible strain on our spine. For example, tilting your head forwards by just 15 degrees places an additional 12 kgs of pressure on the neck.
Avoid slouching in front of the TV when possible and try to avoid using laptops and other electronic devices in the bedroom. Your back will thank you, and you’ll probably get a better nights sleep (exposure to bright lights before bed disrupts the bodies sleep cycle, making it harder to fall asleep).
2.) Invest in your sleep
The way we sleep directly impacts our spinal health. People who sleep on their stomachs are far more likely to experience back and neck pain than those who sleep on their backs or sides.
Whatever way you sleep, investing in the right sleeping materials is important. Consider investing in a firm bed that supports the back, and is optimised for your sleeping style and invest in quality pillows that support your spine.
3.) Get a crash course in Yoga
Excessive screen time isn’t good for your health, except when you are doing an online yoga course.
There are thousands of amazing yoga instructors online (Yoga with Adrienne is one of our favourites), with classes tailored to all skill levels, and in many different styles.
Yoga is great for flexibility and can target problem areas like the back, neck and shoulders. Be sure to be mindful of your body and environment while performing Yoga.
If you are experiencing back pain then it might be time to come in and see a Chiropractor. Book an appointment online today.