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5 Things you should never do if you have back pain

Are you suffering with Back Pain?

Almost half the adult population is living with chronic pain,” the Daily Mail reports. A major new review suggests that around 28 million adults in the UK are affected by some type of chronic pain (pain that lasts for more than three months). In the UK, 2.5 million people have back pain every day of the year and results in a total cost of £12.3 billion (22% of UK healthcare expenditure*).*Back pain survey 2001.

How can back pain affect you?

You may not be aware of it but back pain can have an effect on your mental health, the ongoing pain may cause depression and anxiety. If you have back pain yourself, you know that it can be an awful experience. Working with the us at The Norfolk Clinic; we can help you to get your life back on track. Our experienced therapists’ will talk you through the different treatments available to you.

5 things you MUST NOT do if you suffer with back pain

Ignore the pain
Don’t suffer in silence. Most people think that if you ignore back pain it will eventually get better and the pain will go away. Taking it easy for a few weeks will not cure your back problem, in fact sitting and resting could make your symptoms worse.
The wrong exercises
On the flip side of the point raised above; don’t over exercise. Some forms of exercise such as swimming, Pilates and Yoga can be therapeutic but be careful not to do strenuous exercise such as jogging or high impact aerobics.
Some exercises can strengthen your back and help to support your spine and therefore may relieve back pain.
Reach for the painkillers
Taking painkillers may mask the pain but won’t cure the problem. The medicine may reduce muscle spasms in some people but should be taken alongside other treatments and not used as the ONLY treatment.
Laying on your stomach in bed
This one may not be so obvious, but laying on your stomach can cause your back to over arch, making the pain and condition worse.
Wearing the wrong shoes
Shoes that lack adequate support can easily contribute to back problems. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, no high heels.
For more back pain support please contact the Norfolk Clinic on 01603 660792, we have a number of treatments available such as Osteopathy, Holistic Massage and Acupuncture to name a few.