As a chiropractor, I am always looking to eliminate (or at least minimise) underlying causes of your aches and pains. After all, what is the point of taking the time and effort to help get you well, if you’re not addressing the cause in order to stop it happening again?
1. Weak core muscles: If you have a bad back, chances are that your core (the muscles around the pelvis and lower abdomen) are weak. In the first instance, walking is helpful, but a more thorough approach can be found with a Pilates instructor.
2. Feeling “down”: Depression often goes hand in hand with chronic aches and pains; one tends to exacerbate the other. Exercises in “mindfulness” (being aware of the present, and training yourself to let go of the past and worry less about the future) are great to help, but if you feel you are chronically depressed, seek professional help.
3. Prolonged sitting: Even sitting in the right position isn’t good for long periods. Tension develops from the shoulders down to the backs of your legs. Stretching (as advised by a chiropractor) and moderate exercise will help both body and mind.
4. Using a smartphone or tablet: “Text” neck as it used to be called, is commonplace even amongst pre-teens. Allow your children short brackets of time to use phones and tablets, and practice what you preach to them!
5. Bulky bags: Having a bag on one shoulder throws your posture out. Even wearing a backpack correctly (on both shoulders) will do you no good if it’s over 10% of your body weight. Pack wisely and choose bags with wide straps (that goes for bras too – get a fitting regularly).
6. Drinking and smoking: Increasing the pounds is easy when you consume alcohol on a moderate, daily basis. On the other hand, hydration is important to ensure good health. And I don’t even need to go into the over all damage smoking can do, from cancer to back ache.
7. Fat wallet: Wallets in the back pocket of your jeans is one of the most common cause of sciatica I have come across. With the easiest remedy: put it in a bag or your front pocket!
The great news is that chiropractors are experienced in helping you not just get over the aches and pains you have, but to identify (and in come cases eliminate) underlying causes. Contact us today to start your journey away from pain and into health.