Four out of five people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, making it one of the most common reasons for visiting a doctor. To avoid making a trip to your local GP in 2020, follow my useful advice on how to prevent back problems.

If you’re having to take time off work because of aches and pains in your back, or you can’t lift your grandchildren because the shooting pains are too severe, you’re sadly not alone. A large majority of the world’s population encounters back pain problems, but what are the reasons behind this?

Let’s be honest, nobody specifically sets out to get a bad back, but we all do certain things which contribute to back pain, whether it be lifestyle choices or using an incorrect lifting technique at the gym.

With that in mind, here are my top tips for enjoying a back pain free 2020.

Eat Healthily & Keep Active

Ensuring that you live a healthy lifestyle by having a good, balanced diet and exercise regimen in place is key to preventing the onset of back pain. Why? If you are already suffering from back pain issues, keeping active allows you to relieve the tension and inflammation in your muscles.

Additionally, the above will also enable you to maintain a healthy weight, which is vital to preventing and controlling back pain. If you are overweight, you are a lot more likely to suffer from back pain, as there is increased pressure and tension on your back muscles.

Take Care When Lifting

If you regularly lift weights or work in a career that requires you to lift heavy objects, it is very important to ensure that you are using the correct technique to avoid damaging your back. When lifting heavy weights, bend your knees and keep your back straight, as this will make sure your legs are doing the bulk of the work, as opposed to your back.

Visit an Osteopath

Another great way to reduce the level of pain in your back is visiting an osteopathic practice. Providing a gentle and holistic approach, osteopathy can help to identify the root of the pain and then treat it using massage and manipulation techniques.

Book Your Appointment

At my Balsall Common osteopathic practice, I understand that everyone is different and that no case is the same. That’s why I provide a thorough and structured treatment to suit your individual needs.

If you are suffering from back pain, or are worried that your current lifestyle could result in back problems, please contact me on 07542 666 022.