Low back pain causes more disability worldwide than infections, heart disease and cancer, with new research published in The Lancet stating that up to 10% of people are suffering with low back pain at any one time.
Professor Rachelle Buchbinder (who led this particular study) from the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Melbourne’s Monash University states that: low back pain is on the rise - a consequence of ageing populations, increasing obesity and sedentary lifestyles.
Within her study, she states “With ageing populations, it is highly likely this burden will increase, suggesting the health and research priorities that governments and others give to low back pain should be increased.”
Low back pain is recognized as a national health priority by the Australian government, but to date it has not been considered a priority for research, treatment or public health interventions.
At Waters Family Chiropractic, we get asked everyday by our patients – "what can I do at home to prevent low back pain?" - so we’ve put together these 4 simple tips so that you can take control of your health and not become a statistic.
1. Stay Active – Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to eliminate low back pain. Swimming, yoga, cycling and walking are wonderful and gentle ways to keep your core muscles strong to support your spine.
2. Correct Misalignments – See your local Chiropractor who can ensure your spine is in correct alignment so that your body can perform at its best.
3. Eat Real Food – A diet full of good fats, protein, fruits and vegetables are a crucial component to any healthy body, especially when you are in pain.
4. Think Positive – A healthy mind is a healthy body. Depression and chronic pain are directly linked. Stress less, love more, and express gratitude daily.