With the heatwave continuing in Britain, more and more of us are taking to lounging in the sun. However, this can result in more than sunburn if we don’t take care.
With recent consumer research* finding that 44% of the UK population are suffering back and neck pain, it may be surprising for some that lying down or sitting can trigger symptoms of back pain.
Lying or sitting in one position for an extended period of time can have a negative impact on our posture, often leading to poor posture. As an experienced chiropractor in North London, I know that poor posture can often be a contributory factor to back and neck pain.
Here are some simple tips to avoid back and neck pain while still enjoying the beautiful sunshine and all its benefits:
- Make sure you move around and change your sitting or lying position at least every 20 – 30 minutes. You want to have a good stretch and shake out all the tension in your muscles.
- Don’t lie on your stomach with your back and neck in an arched position. This can especially be a problem if you are reading a book on a lounger. Try putting the book on the floor so you can look at it over the edge of the lounger. Or even better listen to an audio book.
- Make sure to warm up and stretch before taking part in any outdoor games. While they can be lots of fun, they can often result in injury if you’re not prepared.
- Keep hydrated – drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
- Incorporate the Straighten Up UK programme into your daily routine to improve and maintain a good posture.
You can watch the Straighten Up UK video here – it’s only 3 minutes long.
We hope you enjoy the sunshine and keep your back safe this summer.
If you are experiencing back or neck pain then why not visit us at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic.
Call us now on 020 8442 0008 and ask about our Limited Time, Half Price offer.
Dylan Paydar at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic
Committed to helping the health and well-being of people in North London
Including Muswell Hill, Finchley, Highgate and Southgate
*research undertaken on behalf of the British Chiropractic Association