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Ways to prevent back pain

Categories: Sports Massage, Massage
Tags: Bad back

Back pain will affect most of us, at some point in our lives. It’s a very common problem, and there are many ways that we can damage or injure our back – whether it’s a sudden wrong move or repeated bad posture. We often turn to the painkillers as our first port of call, however if the reason for your back pain is lifestyle-related, then the pain is likely to keep returning.

Below are 3 things for you to do as preventative measures for back pain:

  • Sleep correctly – The comfiest position isn’t always the correct position! We can get ourselves in to bad habits that aren’t great for the body, for example sleeping on your front with your neck twisted to one side, or using more than one pillow so your neck is bent in an unnatural position.

The general rule is sleeping on your back is the best position for your spine, but maybe not your relationship if it makes you snore. After this sleeping on your side is seen as the next best thing, we recommend using memory foam pillows which are designed to keep your neck as level as possible.

We retail these pillows in clinic and are more than happy to lend you one to trial.

  • Strengthening your core – your core muscles support your back, so if they are strong and in good condition that is a great start. But a key problem we notice is even with a strong core people don’t activate the muscles in everyday life. Take some time to practice engaging your abs and obliques next time you bend over to pick something up. Creating this strong column around your “core” will take the pressure away from your back. this will reduce the chances of you suffering from back pain.
  • Sports Massage – Of course! It works much better as a preventative rather than a cure, regular massage relaxes tight achy muscles and improves flexibility, keeping you moving smoother and easier.

If you can add a monthly sports massage to the list above then you will find a big reduction in muscular aches and pains.

Don’t wait to be in pain! For more information about back pain, or to book yourself in for a Sports Massage, call 0115 837 3553 or Book here.

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