Friday 15th November 2019
Chiropractors are seeing an increasing number of cases of back and neck pain amongst a much Younger age group. One of the possible reasons for this could be that people are spending much more time in a sedentary lifestyle, watching TV or using tablets and mobile phones for longer periods of time.
Most people know and research backs this up, that a lack of physical activity is a risk factor for many health concerns including backpain and so measures need to be taken to address this and help alleviate not just problems now but problems which may arise in the future .
A recent report by the Royal College of paediatrics and child health found that less than 10% of British teenagers make the recommended guidelines for sleep, exercise and screen time, With more than 3/4 of teenagers spending more than the recommended two hours a day interacting with screens.
Some simple steps can be taken to keep your spine moving and your muscles strong.
1. sit up If you are using a computer or tablet or even just watching TV make sure you’re sitting comfortably with your back supported in the base of the chair, when your head moves forward over your shoulder this extreme to your neck and back so try to bring your head back so that it is directly over your body.
2.Get moving get moving.. a mobile back is a healthy back so you should try to move around every 20 to 30 minutes. If for example you’re on the phone trying to stand up and walk around. Trying yoga or Pilates are two great forms of exercising and strengthen your back.
3. At home. if you are watching television or working on a computer make sure you are looking forward and don’t have your head turned to one side. Sit with your feet planted on the floor and avoid sitting with legs tucked underneath you or even out straight on the coffee table in front of you as this can all put strain on your pelvis and lower back.