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Understanding lower back pain......

Lower back pain comes in all forms, from a dull ache across the lower back to shooting sciatic pain. It can cause more disability than any other condition, affecting 1 in 10 people and becoming more common with increasing age. 37% of all chronic pain in men and 44% in women is due to back issues. 40% of all people will experience sciatica at some point in their life.


Stress can be a major contributing factor for pain, due to tension in back muscle which can create a vicious cycle, try and reduce stress related factors in your life.

Listen to your body, as it's the most powerful tool you have. When your body needs a rest it will let you know.


Sciatic Pain

  • Don't sit for more than 20 minutes without getting up and moving around for a few minutes.

  • Don't forward bend - that includes leaning over a sink to wash your face, bending to pick objects from the floor, reaching across a table, or making the bed.

  • Do move though, exercise helps

  • Do go to work. Resuming normal day-to-day activities and a normal routine can help after the acute stage.

  • Don't lift anything heavy.

  • Don't bend and twist at the same time.

  • Be careful with any activities that involves impact through your spine.


Top Tips


  • Laying neutral on the floor with a pillow to support your head.

  • Continue with your normal activities but take your time and don't push yourself.

  • Before getting up bring your knees to you chest one at a time.

  • Bend your knees when bending over or picking up an object from the floor.

  • When carrying an object keep it close to your body.

  • Avoid sitting for long periods.


http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Back-pain-guide.aspx


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