Maintaining a level of activeness throughout your life is extremely important, a message which Chiropractors try to convey to all patients. Everybody is different, therefore a ‘one size fits all’ approach to staying active is not suitable. However, the British Chiropractor Association have partnered with TV doctor Dr. Chris Steele to highlight the importance of active ageing and back health.
It is great to be an active teenager, whether it may be participating in sport at school or extra-curricular activities which get you up on your feet. On the other hand, just because a teenager may be young, this does not mean that their back health is any less important. Stretching correctly is key before any form of exercise.
Additionally, research shows that children who carry heavy backpacks are 50% more likely to suffer from back problems. Making sure your child’s bag is not too heavy is crucial to back health in the earlier years.
Again, bags can be one of the biggest sources of back pain for those in their twenties too. It is important to pick a bag which will work for you. For example, a cross body bag can help spread weight across the body, instead of placing excess strain on one side of the body. Backpacks with a double strap are also recommended, spreading weight across the back.
If you find yourself sat at your desk for hours on end, you must ensure that you are standing up and walking around from time to time, to reduce the pressure placed on your back by being in a seated position. Having a good quality mattress which is supportive to your back is also key to good back health in your thirties. Before purchasing, make sure you’ve tried out as many as possible to see which one suits you the best.
Ignoring signs of back strain is not the way to tackle bad back health. If you notice something different, consult a chiropractor or your GP. Keeping active is vital, as your muscles and joints are designed to be moved. By exercising, posture, circulation and muscle tone can all be improved.
Fitness levels tend to dwindle at this age, which is not recommended. Small changes such as walking instead of driving and taking the stairs instead of the lift are great ways to build on your activity levels. Not sure where to start? Contact us here at The Heeler Centre for free and confidential advice!
(Source: British Chiropractic Association)