6 Tips for Bad Backs

6 Tips for Bad Backs

By |2018-11-04T11:32:23+00:00May 13th, 2014|Everyday Tips, Habits for a Better Back|Comments Off on 6 Tips for Bad Backs

Tip 1 – Move More

If your back hurts, it’s important to move around –  the same advice holds true when it doesn’t hurt!  We all have joints and muscles so that we can move; if you don’t use them you seize up and your circulation slows down so that it takes longer to heal.

Tip 2 – Sit Less

Sitting very often aggravates lower back pain (and sciatica).  The pressure on your back when sitting is much greater than when standing, so it tends to aggravate it.  Try perching rather than sitting back into a seat.

Tip 3 – Sleep Well…

Sleep is vital to healing.  If you’re struggling to sleep due to pain, it’s worth considering taking painkillers to help you get comfortable enough (consult your doctor for advice on prescription painkillers, but try paracetamol first… always read the label, blah, blah).

Tip 4 – Accept it

Fighting against pain and the reality of your situation will only make it worse.  Anger is a really bad way of dealing with pain and tends to make it worse, so accept that it hurts, try to see that it’s not the end of the world (the vast majority of back pains get better over time).

Tip 5 – Stop calling it a “bad back”!

Calling your back “bad” is like labelling a naughty child.  It’s a really negative way of approaching the problem.  It often amazes me that some people aren’t suffering MORE back pain.  Many backs do a really good job, despite the abuse we heap on them.  Best to think of your back as pretty  strong despite the pain it’s suffering (acceptance again).  A positive mindset is important to getting better.

Tip 6 – “Who you gonna call?”

Not Ghostbusters (sorry if you don’t get my reference to the 1984 Dan Aykroyd movie); if your back pain lasts more than a few days, get early professional help.  “A stitch in time saves nine…” (Now I feel like my Mum).

If you’d like help with lower back pain or sciatica, just give us a call on 0131 221 1415 or email me.

PS I’ll put up a video later this week on this topic, so check back if you’d like to “hear it from the horse’s mouth”!


About the Author:

Clinic Director and Osteopath. Gavin graduated as a Gold Medallist in 1991 and is now a Vice Patron of the British School of Osteopathy. Co-author of “The Back Book” with Gavin Hastings OBE in 1996, he has an MSc in The Clinical Management of Pain from the University of Edinburgh, and is currently working on a new book. He's passionate about helping to move people as far from illness and pain as possible, and in January 2015 set himself the target of helping a million people get a better back.