Once your symptoms have improved, we believe that it is very important that you have the tools to maintain your improvement and protect yourself from problems in the future. Leading such busy lifestyles, we often find that the basic warning signs of back problems can go unnoticed. Whilst no one is immune from back and neck pain, there are some simple things you can do to look after your spine and help reduce the risk of pain. The basic principles can be summarised as:
Keep active and take breaks to avoid prolonged postures
Stay comfortable by making your environment as back friendly as possible
Take care when lifting and carrying
Make sure that you exercise enough to keep your body strong.
All New Clients at Haslemere Chiropractic Clinic receive a package of self help advice, including posture and ergonomics. We are passionate about giving you the information that you need to look after your back and prevent future occurrences of pain.
In addition, from time to time we run fun, informative workshops to reinforce the messages about posture and ergonomics. These are always free of charge, with a donation to our chosen charity invited.
Mind Your Posture!
If you know that your posture is poor, or that you spend too long sitting at a desk, take a look at the StraightenUp UK video produced by the British Chiropractic Association.
Straighten Up UK (http://bit.ly/straightenup) is a short exercise routine designed to improve posture and help prevent back pain by promoting balance, strength and flexibility in the spine. Chiropractors want to encourage adults and children alike to start using this set of simple, three minute straighten up exercises. They are designed to be done on a daily basis and become part of the daily routine, just like brushing our teeth.
The programme is divided into three simple segments:
Stars: Warm Up
Flying Friends: Posture Care
Core Balance: Finish the Session
The exercises can be adapted to suit individual capabilities (discuss with GP, chiropractor or other healthcare practitioner if you need further advice). Easy to learn and do, the sequence of exercises consists of precise, slow stretches, each with a specific purpose. The Straighten Up materials have been developed with both adults and children in mind.