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By Laura Greaves
IF you're among the 80 per cent of Australians
who suffer from back pain, don't panic -- it
doesn't have to be a life sentence. Here's how
to combat back pain.
Move it or lose it
Desk jobs, video games and driving instead of
walking are all contributing to an increasingly
sedentary lifestyle -- and the back pain that
comes with it. Even if you have an active job, it
may not be enough to keep your joints moving.
Just 15 minutes of exercise a day has been
shown to reduce back pain by 20 per cent, and
the more you move the better you'll feel.Imagine
how effective a spin class could be!
Exercise that improves flexibility and
suppleness -- such as yoga, Pilates and
BodyBalance -- can also help.
You are what you eat
Being overweight or obese also increases your
likelihood of developing back pain.The American
Obesity Association estimates that about one-
third of obese people experience episodes of
musculoskeletal pain -- and particularly back
Carrying extra weight places added strain on
muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints, causing
them to wear out more quickly.
Recent research also suggests specific foods
may contribute to a sore back.A varied diet rich in
fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats is your
best defence. Sleep it off
You spend an average third of your life doing it
-- and sleep could also be contributing to your
back pain.Your sleeping posture may be stressing
your spine without your even realising it.
Sleeping with your hands in front of you and, if
possible, with a pillow between your knees also
provides extra support for your back while you're
counting sheep. Start early
If you thought back pain was simply an
unavoidable part of ageing, think again -- more
and more young people are now seeking
treatment for back pain. Up to 6 per cent of kids
experience backache, while between 18 and 50
per cent of teenagers suffer from back and neck
Pregnant women are also more likely to suffer
from back pain, but studies show that women
who were fit and active before falling pregnant
experience less pain.
The moral of the story? It's never too early to
get moving and get pain-free.
It's never too early to get moving and
Get your back on track
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