Cures for a Bad Back

It’s not surprising to learn that the second biggest cause of long-term sickness in the UK is back problems. It is estimated that 7.6 million working days are lost every year due to back problems, which range from minor issues such as pulled muscles to much more serious conditions such as slipped discs. Chances are that all of us will suffer from back pain at some point in our lives, but there is lots that can be done to keep our backs healthy and strong and cure minor back problems.

Posture

One of the main causes of back problems is the way we sit or stand all day. Sitting hunched over a computer desk or repeatedly lifting heavy boxes will put immense strain on the back and it is therefore unsurprising that this leads to pain. Most workplaces will give guidance about how to sit properly, and the mistake many people make is sitting too high up, so that they are bent forwards over their desk. Lower your seat so that your feet are flat on the floor and your back is straight. People who spend a great deal of their work time on their feet should make sure they are wearing appropriate shoes as very high heels can change the way we balance and can put additional strain on your back.

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Sleeping

A mattress which is too soft will not give enough support while you are sleeping, and this can also contribute to back problems. Choose a mattress which is firm yet comfortable, and mattresses should be rotated and turned over regularly so that you’re not always sleeping in the same spot. Many people with back problems swear by memory foam mattresses, but they are not to everyone’s taste. Another school of thought says that changing the way we sleep completely is the way to go, and that 2 person hammocks are the ideal place to sleep. Large 2 person hammocks give a back pain sufferer plenty of room to stretch out, and the way the hammock is structured means that the body weight is supported evenly.

Exercise

Advice on how to treat a bad back has changed in recent years, and now exercise is thought to be the key in improving symptoms for those who are already suffering, and to prevent back problems from occurring in the first place. Most exercises are appropriate, as long as they provide a combination of stamina and flexibility. Some of the best exercises are swimming, jogging, cycling or classes such as yoga and tai chi. The goal should be 150 minutes of exercise per week, or 30 minutes per day 5 days out of 7. If this seems unobtainable, start with what you can manage and build it up.

Pain Killers

If your back problem is minor such as a tweaked muscle, there is no harm in taking a few pain killers in the hope that it will get better on its own. For more serious back pain the doctor should be consulted and the underlying causes need to be examined.

Westmount Living offer a great range of 2 person hammocks which are great for relaxing in the garden whilst helping posture.

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