Do you suffer from a sore back? You’re not alone – around 4 million Australians have back problems. But just because it’s common, doesn’t mean back pain is something you need to live with.
Spinal Health Week is an initiative dedicated to raising awareness of spinal health and the harmful effects of poor posture. This year, it runs from 24th—30th May and is the perfect opportunity for you to start developing better postural habits and address your back pain once and for all.
The best way to do that is to get serious about correcting your posture and to understand how proper chiropractic care can help you.
How effective is chiropractic treatment for back pain?
Poor posture can cause a host of issues, including joint and muscle pain, fatigue, headache, and of course — back pain. Two of the main treatments for back pain include regular visits to a chiropractor and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Chiropractic treatment addresses pain and poor posture by manual manipulation of your spine and joints. Your chiropractor can do a hands-on assessment of your spinal health to tailor treatment to your needs.
Studies show that this kind of spinal manipulation is a more effective treatment for back pain and spinal function than NSAIDs.
Steps to improve your posture this week
Research shows that 2 in 5 people with back problems reported that their pain interferes with their daily activities. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to take action. This Spinal Health Week, there are some simple steps you can take to get started on your way to better posture and a life free of back pain. Here’s where to start:
Learn what good posture looks like – The first step to addressing bad posture is to know what good posture is. Make sure you’re aware of how posture is developed and what good habits you can form to help correct posture and relieve pain.
Bring more movement into your day – Prolonged sitting is one of the major risk factors for poor posture and bad back health. You can combat this by making sure to incorporate regular movement, stretching and simple physical activity into your day.
Update your workstation – Many of us spend up to 8 hours a day at work, and if you work a desk job, that can mean being bent over a desk or peering at a computer screen. It’s vital to ensure that, along with taking breaks to move around, you have an ergonomic workplace, desk and chair.
Identify your sore spots – Did you know that 70-90% of people suffer from lower back pain? While lower back pain is very common, different people deal with different kinds of back pain, and knowing your trouble areas can help you better correct your posture and be useful when you take the next step and…
Book an appointment with a chiropractor – When it comes to something as serious as your spinal health, it’s well worth the time and effort to see an expert. A chiropractor can assess your spinal health and work with you to alleviate pain and get you fighting fit.
Ready to tackle your sore back problems? Get in touch today to talk to our chiropractors and book your first consultation.
1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Back problems, 2020.
2 von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B., Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blinded randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo, Spine, 2013.