Having a bad back when you’re younger can result in it being a severely debilitating injury when you’re older. Make these changes now to get some relief!
Stretch at work
Unfortunately society’s growing back pain is a result of our environment – especially at work! Sitting at your desk or in a car all day long puts 40 per cent more pressure on your spine than if you were standing.
Back muscles weaken when they're not use so you need to take regular breaks and stretch your back and neck. Using a laptop is also a bad idea. If you simply work from a laptop, get yourself a monitor and keyboard so you can move more freely.
Change your mattress
Mattresses don't last forever and should be replaced every five to seven years. You also need to change your pillow every six to twelve months for the best support.
Exercise every day
When you have lower back pain, you're most likely not motivated to work out, but actually exercise can help to alleviate pain. Walking is a great low impact way to get moving, swimming, Tai Chi, yoga and boxing are all proven to improve circulation, reduce stress, and promote back pain recovery.
Don’t be a slave to style
High heels and big handbags may look good but there are not doing your back and neck any favours. The bigger the bag, the more stuff you fill it with, so some women can end up carrying five to seven kilos in their handbag! Get a smaller bag and, if you must wear heels, only do so on weekends.