A good posture can prevent a lifetime of back problems

Having and maintaining a good posture is a major step in preventing back pain. When leading a busy lifestyle, the basic warning signs of back problems can go unnoticed. Of course no one is immune from back pain, but the British Chiropractic Association has some simple advice to help.

Tim Hutchful, from the British Chiropractic Association, explains: “The ideal posture would allow for a plumb line to hang straight through your ear, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle. Try and stand in a relaxed way but gently contracting your abdominal muscles. When sitting, the same is true. The gravity line should pass thorough ear, shoulder and hip. Give your posture a sporting chance:

• Any unaccustomed exercise can put you at risk of back pain. You might only play a relaxed, low-risk sport once a week, but you still need to prepare yourself sufficiently – mentally and physically.
• Warming up and warming down is essential to ensure that your joints and muscles don’t get a shock. Strong abdominal muscles can potentially help to prevent a bad back.
Don’t just sit there
• A lack of exercise is your worst enemy. Regular exercise is essential as the fitter you are, the less likely you are to injure yourself.
• Simple activities such as stretching and shoulder shrugging can all help to keep your back in line.
• Do not sit for prolonged periods.
Don’t drive yourself around the bend
• Driving long distances for work, on the school run or picking up the monthly shop, the last thing on our minds is the state of our backs whilst in the driving seat.
• There is almost twice as much pressure on your back when you are sitting.

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