The physical, emotional and chemical stresses of everyday life can put a strain on our your back. It is more important than ever to look after your back with difficulties getting appointments with the doctor and long NHS waiting lists. Since the start of the pandemic many people have been working from home and have continued to do so. Try some of the following to improve posture and minimise your risk of back pain.
Keep moving: Your fascial, the body's connective tissue, needs to keep mobile to prevent is sticking together. Take frequent breaks if you are sitting for long periods. Get up, walk around and have a stretch once you have moved for a few minutes once your muscles have warmed up.
Check how you are sitting at your desk: Ensure your hips knees and feet are at 90 degree. You may need to put a box or step under your feet to achieve this. Ensure you are looking directly at your screen and your shoulders are relaxed when using a keyboard.
Stay hydrated: The fascia needs fluid, so remember to drink water. This is often more difficult on cooler days as you may not feel thirty or want to drink cold water. Maybe try herbal tea or warm water with lemon and ginger.
Check out your footwear: The shoes you were can make a big difference to the way you walk and this can put a strain upon your back. Well fitting trainers are the best, and avoid going out for walks in welly boots as they will have an impact on your walking gait and posture.
Craniosacral Therapy can also reduce back pain. I have helped more clients than ever especially with more people working from home. If you have any questions or would like to find out how Craniosacral Therapy might help you then please get in touch.