Eamon Molloy, a chartered physiotherapist who holds clinics in HealthWest Community Pharmacy, Ballindine, this week discusses how to deal with back pain.
Up to 80 per cent of us will suffer back pain at some point in our life. Those who have suffered will know it can be dramatically affect our quality of life. Most of us thankfully were not born with back pain and in many cases it can be prevented.
The majority of back problems, aside from congenital disorders and traumatic injury, are caused by progressive weakening of the spine. This leads to poor spinal positioning which can ultimately lead to an acute injury such as a bulging disc. Spinal stability is directly influenced by our lifestyle and posture.
Human beings are not made to stand or sit for long periods. We are made to move around. Moving around encourages muscle activity. As we take between five and 10 thousand steps a day our spinal health and positioning are affected.
The secret to long-term spinal health is prevention and correct rehabilitation after injury.
Some tips for good spinal health and rehabilitation
Sit in good posture on a supportive chair for no longer than 30 minutes at a time.
Take regular moderate exercise at least five times per week for at least 30 minutes.
Wear supportive footwear and take good care when lifting.
Listen to your body and seek professional advice from a chartered physiotherapist at the first sign of back pain and particularly if it is ongoing.
Eamon Molloy MISCP is a chartered physiotherapist and member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. He holds clinics at HealthWest Community Pharmacy in Ballindine and can be contacted on 087 798 4610 for an appointment.