Eighty per cent of the population will experience low back pain in their lifetime. Check out these tips from Fit For Work Physiotherapist Kelly Mabbett on how to combat pain and reduce your chances of being affected.
Do you suffer from low back pain?
If you do, you are not alone. Eighty per cent of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. It is one of the most common reasons for time off work and is often caused by poor posture, weight gain, and stress. This is due to an increase in mechanical pressure caused by overstretching of structures that support our spine.
What can you do to avoid it?
- Keep active with light activity such as a walk or swimming
- Avoid bed rest
- Avoid aggravating postures. Try sitting in a hard chair with a straight back, such as a dining room table chair instead of slouching in your arm chair.
- Ease your pain so you can keep active. Talk to a health professional about what over-the-counter medications might work best for you.
If your low back pain doesn’t settle down after a few days, you should see a New Zealand registered physiotherapist. Physios can help you identify the root cause of your back pain and make an individualised treatment and management plan to get you back to full movement, and enjoying life again.