A major international study (analysis of 188 countries) has found that back pain causes more ill health than any other condition. And of this, lower back pain is most predominant. Neck pain is in second place in England and Scotland.
Backache is starting much earlier in life with nearly half of under thirties having back problems. We are much less active than we used to be, with both children and adults spending more time hunched over tablets and mobiles.
Apparently indigenous tribes have different shaped spines to us, much flatter, whereas ours is S shaped and they don’t get the the back pain that we do.
Lengthen your spine: Adding extra length to your spine can be easy. Being careful not to arch your back, take a deep breath in and grow tall. Then maintain that height as you exhale. Repeat: Breathe in, grow even taller and maintain that new height as you exhale. “It takes some effort, but it really strengthens your abdominal muscles,” Esther Gokhale says. Strengthening the abdominals helps support the back muscles which helps alleviates pain.
Don’t sit up straight! “That’s just arching your back and getting you into all sorts of trouble,” Gokhale says. Instead do a shoulder roll (gently pull your shoulders up, push them back and then let them drop) to open up the chest and take a deep breath to stretch and lengthen the spine.
Scarily the study also showed that a third of us have five ailments wrong with us and that is over a wide age range, so not just as we get older.
Apparently less than 1 in 20 of us are completely healthy!
How would you rate yourself??