Will I have back pain when I get older?

It is widely known that the older we get, the more we have body aches and pains. That is why many people associate old age with back pain. However, the good news is that ageing does not cause back pain. Rather, back pain comes from issues such as previous injuries and spinal infection. How to prevent back pain when you are older Your ideal time to prevent back pain in the future is when you are still young. Turning 70 is not a long time away. Here are easy steps you can take to protect your back today and later.…

Is your posture causing neck and back pain?

It can be alarming if you start to experience back pain or neck pain with no obvious cause. For many people, their posture can be the explanation for their neck or back pain. Here we explain some of the ways that poor posture can put a strain on your body and what you can do about it. What is posture? Put simply, posture is the way that you hold your body. Dynamic posture refers to how you hold yourself whilst you’re moving, static posture refers to how you hold yourself when you are still. If your posture is the cause…

4 common mistakes to avoid when dealing with chronic back pain

When back pain gets chronic, the pain can pressure you into counterproductive behaviour. Chronic backache comes in various degrees of discomfort. If you indulge in easing chronic back pain the wrong way, you will only worsen the situation and prolong both the pain and your back pain treatment. Here are 4 of the most prevalent mistakes people make when struggling with chronic back pain. 1. Skipping exercise If you completely cut out exercise whilst experiencing chronic back pain, your recovery journey will be harder and longer. Brief and gentle exercises help to maintain your strength and overall flexibility. You can…

Three simple ways to reduce pain while sitting at your desk

Even with the perfect ergonomic set up, and awareness of your posture, you can still experience pain while sitting at your desk. By regularly following the three simple steps below, you can reduce pain while at work. 1. Back pain Regular, gentle stretching can help to alleviate back pain. While seated at your desk, try crossing your arms and placing your hands on your shoulders. Gently turn from your waist to the left, as far as you can, back to the centre, then to the right as far as you can and back to the centre. Repeat several times. 2.…

Have you noticed an increase in headaches and neck pain since working from home?

It seemed to happen in the blink of an eye: millions of office workers in Australia transitioned to working from home. And almost as quickly, workers began to experience an increase in headaches and neck pain. By following the three simple steps below, you can improve your work-from-home setup and decrease the frequency of your headaches and neck pain. 1. Reduce your screen time An increase in video conferences and email communication has resulted in a significant rise in screen time. For some, staring at a computer screen increases the amount and frequency of their headaches, neck tension and pain.…

If the shoe fits: the link between footwear and foot health

We often associate shoes with style. But foot health and footwear are closely linked, and you might be walking your way to a podiatry problem without even realising it. One size doesn’t fit all Did you know that your feet aren’t always the same size? On a hot day after exercising, or even toward the evening, our feet tend to swell. It’s important to shop for shoes when your feet are at their largest, to prevent the fit from being too tight. From painful blisters to unsightly bunions, having shoes that are too small can lead to an abundance of…

5 tips for relieving back pain during pregnancy

Many pregnant women complain of back pain, which is unsurprising as pregnancy involves gaining weight and growing a larger belly, which changes your centre of gravity. During this time, your body produces relaxin, a hormone which relaxes your pelvis joints and ligaments, affecting your spine. Let’s look at five tips you can explore to relieve your back issues during pregnancy. 1. Practice good posture During pregnancy, your centre of gravity shifts forward as your baby grows. When you lean back to balance your posture, it strains your lower back muscles. You should practice good posture by habitually standing up tall…

Chiropractor or physiotherapist?

For some patients, working out which professional is going to give them the most effective treatment for a health problem can be a challenge. One of the biggest dilemmas can be whether to make an appointment to visit a chiropractor or a physiotherapist. Here we take a look at some of the key similarities and differences between the two, helping you work out which one is going to be best suited for your needs. Chiropractors focus on the spine Both chiropractors and physiotherapists recognise the importance of a healthy spine. A physiotherapist works on relieving pain and improving movement anywhere…

5 common chiropractic misconceptions.

So you’ve been thinking about seeing a chiropractor for a while now. You want to reap all of the amazing benefits which chiropractic care can offer, but you keep hearing about things which turn you off this practice all together. The good news is, there are many common misconceptions that surround the practice of chiropractic care. So here are 5 common misconceptions surrounding chiropractic care. Maybe you have heard some of these before. 1) Chiropractors do not go through any type of formal training It usually takes 5 years of intense university study just to become a chiropractic physician, as…

How to avoid walking poorly

It’s amazing, if almost the first physical thing that human beings do is to learn to walk, that so many people are pretty bad at it! Yet, a poor walking technique can easily lead to neck pain, problems with your hips, legs and feet – and many other physical difficulties. The next time you are out for a walk, see if you can spot any of these ‘problem walkers’ and consider whether you might fall into some of the same bad habits. 1. The person who could still be sitting at their computer This individual is easily spotted because they…

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