Happy New Year!
I recently opened the doors to my new clinic situated in the Thorpe business park. I aim to offer safe, effective and easily accessible treatment to those residents of the business park and the surrounding area of east Leeds.
Chiropractors see a wide range of complaints, including neck pain and low back pain. Many people suffering from these include office based workers who can be sat at a desk or computer for many hours in the day. Unfortunately modern lifestyles can put a strain on our necks and backs.
The BCA recently carried out a survey where they found that 40% of people had never done anything to actively protect their backs. They also found that just under a third surveyed (29%) had been unable to work due to their back pain.
According to research carried out by the UK Statistics Authority the number of sick days taken due to back pain increased by 29% in 2013 to 2014, from 7.7 million to 9.9 million.
According to the BCA research,
“Over half (54%) think that sitting in the same position for long periods of time has the most negative impact on their back health. Despite recognising the source of pain, almost one in 10 (8%) of those who spend the day mainly in one position don’t take regular breaks.”
With this being said, it is important for individuals to start to take measures to help prevent back problems developing, especially those who spend a large amount of time working at a desk or computer.
There are a number of things you can do to help prevent problems:
- Limit the time you are spending on computers/laptops/at your desk. Try and take regular breaks, have a stretch and walk around the office! Try not to sit for longer than 20-30 minutes.
- Sit in the right way! You should be sitting up straight, with your shoulders back. Your bottom should be against the back of the chair. Try to keep your feet flat on the floor and your hips should be higher then your knees. Keep your screen at eye level and your keyboard and mouse close so you are not straining to reach them. If you spend a lot of time on the phone, try and switch to a headset to avoid strain on your neck.
- Keep hydrated! Try drinking more water throughout the day, instead of caffeine.
- Stretch! Try and do some stretching every day to help improve your posture and get movement through the spine!
- Get your back checked by a chiropractor!
If you have problems with back pain and are in the Leeds area, contact us today to see how we can help.