St Judes Clinic in Lake Street, Leighton, has been holding a free advice day today (Wednesday) to coincide with National BackCare Awareness Week.
Nearly half of us suffer from some form of back pain each year. National BackCare Awareness Week runs from October 7-11 and is a promotional campaign by BackCare, the charity for healthier backs.
St Judes practice principal and senior physiotherapist, Moira D’Arcy, has been offering free 10-minute advice chats to anyone wanting some helpful advice on the prevention and management of back and neck pain.
If you couldn’t attend today, you can call the clinic to arrange a more suitable time with one of their other experienced Chartered Physiotherapists.
In the meantime, there are ways we can help ourselves prevent further back and neck problems. Take a look at the top tips for better backs.
> Think tall: You will naturally help yourself engage your core stability muscles that help protect your spine.
> At work: Make sure your chair and desk height is right for you and that the screen height and tilt is correct.
In the car: Your car seat should be in a fairly upright position with good low back support. Consider buying a low back cushion for support. Make sure the head rest is correctly positioned to support the back of your head.
> At home: Look at the depth of your sofa. If it is too deep for the length of your thighs or too low for you, then your hips will be lower than your knees when you sit, causing you to flex in your lower back.
> Sleeping: Mattresses should give you enough support for your curves whilst keeping your spine straight. A mattress that is too hard or too soft is equally as bad.
For more information or to book, call St Judes on 01525 377751, pick up a leaflet or go to their website www.stjudesclinic.com. Further back advice is also available from www.backcare.org.uk.