Do you have a bad back? How much do you look after your back?
A staggering 10 million working days last year, with the over- 50s being the worst hit. Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is making things worse, with the average Briton spending almost 4 hours or more a day at the computer/ laptop/ tablet.
Did you know sitting can cause up to twice as much pressure on the spinal discs as standing?
Figures released by the UK Statistics Authority reveal in 2014 for back pain around 1.9 million days were lost, by those 25-34 years, 3.86 million for those 35-49 years and 4.2 million working days were lost by those 50-65 years old.
This equates to more than a billion pounds worth of time.
What can you do to help yourself? Exercise!
- Regular weekly exercise to keep your cardiovascular system healthy and keep your joints and muscles supple will help to keep you generally fit.
- Specific back care programmes and exercise such as yoga and pilates will work more specifically on your posture and core muscles to stretch and strengthen.
- If you work at a desk/ have a static job, make sure you don’t stay in any position for longer than 30 minutes, before moving/ stretching (even if it’s just for 20 seconds).
- If you have seen a Physio in the past for back pain, make sure you are still following their advice and specific exercises to maintain a healthy back.
- If you work at a computer/ desk make sure you speak to your line manager/ employer about having a work station assessment.
What can we do to help you?
You may have tried all of the above and still find you are having problems. What to try next?
We suggest you book in for a Physiotherapy assessment. There are a number of reasons why you can get lower back pain and a number of structures that could be causing the pain:
Discs, joints, nerves, muscles and ligaments. Often it can be a combination.
As MSK (musculoskeletal) Physiotherapists we are specialised in this area. We will take time to listen to your problems and have a detailed face to face discussion with you about you current symptoms.
We will then got through specific tests to identify the problem structures and work out why you are getting your current problems.
From here we will discuss with you the diagnosis and suggested management plan, which may include spinal mobilisations, home exercises, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release and massage to name a few.
To find out more about Physiotherapy availability or to book an appointment simply call 0191 548 3388.
Physio in the workplace
- Are you a manager/ employer? Do you think your workplace/ team could benefit from some occupational physiotherapy?
- We are able to offer on-site work station assessments for individuals or a team.
- To find out more about how Sunderland Physiotherapy Clinic can provide Physiotherapy on/offsite for your company and the cost benefits of this service please visit our blog or contact Lindsey@sunderlandphysiotherapyclinic.co.uk