back pain

Repetitive Driving Injury: Part 1 - The Multitasker

Many of us spend a good couple of hours a day in the car, commuting to work or picking up kids and running errands.

Have you thought of how your seat position may be affecting your neck and low back?

According to statistics, 14 million of us are affected by what is referred to by some as Repetitive Driving Injury!

We will be posting over the next four days the driving positions that are most commonly used alongside what problems you can get and the solutions to counteract these.

Have a look and, most importantly, which one are you?!

 

Part 1 - THE MULTITASKER

Problems:
You are most likely to suffer with headaches and eye strain, feet cramp and pain in the coccyx.

Solutions:
- 45% of Multi-Taskers drive for work but they should try not to use the car as an office
- Twisting to access paperwork and the laptop can be more damaging to your back and neck than driving
- Regularly adjust your seat on long journeys driving to help your coccyx
- Use a 'hands-free' mobile phone kit
- Consider changing to an automatic car to avoid constant gear changes and keep two hands on the wheel whilst driving

Back Pain - Advice

Back pain in Timperley? Don't suffer! Make this the week you do something about it. Our experienced osteopaths can help you!

Osteopaths give advice on many areas to avoid day to day causes of your back pain in Timperley - one unexpected cause of problems is your bed! Is your bed helping or is it part of your back problem?

Here is some bedtime advice to ensure your body is as refreshed as you are in the morning:

- Most mattresses need to be turned at least once every 3 months. Memory foam should be rotated. Get someone to help to avoid back strain

- Your mattress should be supportive enough to take your body weight without sagging yet comfy enough to cushion the body's bony curves

- Don't be shy to lie on a on a showroom bed for 20 minutes. It is the only way to know if it is right. You'll be on it at night for much longer!

- A heavy mattress needs a strong base. Best to buy both together but if not ask advice from the salesman. Ideally try together before you buy

- If your partner is a restless sleeper, make sure you have a big enough bed to avoid the kicks and elbows!

- If you and your partner are very different weight/heights consider a zip and link bed. Different mattress types on both sides for duel support

- Ensure good ventilation and hygiene of mattress and covers to allow for evaporation of perspiration and avoid aggravation of asthma and allergies

- If you sleep on your side, help back pain by putting a pillow between your knees. This keeps your spine straight whilst sleeping

- If you sleep on your back, put a pillow under your knees to help maintain the normal curve of your lower back. keep a pillow under your head

- Sleeping on your front puts lots of strain on your back and neck. Use a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen if you must!

- Don’t stay in bed too long, it may increase muscle stiffness and back pain in the morning. When you wake up, roll on your side to get out

Most importantly, take time to find out what is actually causing your pain to correct the real problem by seeing an osteopath. They can prescribe exercises and stretches that can stretches can help with your Timperley back pain.

Back Pain in Ladies - 'Poshitis'

Ladies...

Do you suffer from 'Poshitis'? Looking glam with your one strapped handbag but feeling the consequence with a stiff shoulder or shoulder pain?

It may be trendy but actually carrying your bag on one shoulder can cause severe damage to muscles and joints.

As you can see from this picture, when carrying your bag on one side your shoulder is lifted and your body is shifting away to compensate.

In time it can lead to neck and back pain, repetitive strain injuries, postural misalignments, headaches and even arthritis.

Here are some helpful tips for you to stay ‘on trend’ the smart way:
- Select a handbag that is proportionate to your size
- Swap straps from one shoulder to another, regularly giving muscles on either side a time to rest
- A bag with wide straps will better distribute the pressure on one shoulder
- Look for bags with multiple pockets so you can divide your things evenly inside
- Only carry what you need in your bag... How often have people said to you 'have you got a brick in here?!’
- For minimal strain wear a bag which has a strap diagonally over the body or a backpack style over both shoulders (geek chic is in remember!)
- Do some gentle stretching and strengthening exercises for your shoulder and neck muscles, such as swinging your arms, rolling your shoulders and turning your head from side to side
- See an osteopath to reverse any stiff shoulder pains, trains, tightness or misalignment and for further advice