It is often said that you are as old as your back feels. Since 2012 is the European Year for Active Aging, North London Chiropractor Dylan Paydar shares some tips for the over 40s & 50s for maintaining a “young” back.
If you are suffering or have suffered back pain in the past you are aware of the affect it can have on your day to day life. Simple every day activities that we take for granted could suddenly take on a whole new degree of difficulty.
As a chiropractor in North London over the past 18 years, I have seen many patients who are suffering with back and neck pain and many of them have told me they feel significantly older than their age, as a result of this.
Given the impact that back pain can have on a person’s life it may seem surprising that almost half of Britons currently suffer from back or neck pain with 24% claiming they have suffered for more than 10 years.
Many back pain sufferers believe that they are less active than they were 20 years ago.
In view of 2012 being the European Year for Active Ageing, the British Chiropractic Association has joined forces with trusted TV doctor, Dr. Chris Steel, to raise awareness of the relationship between back pain, ageing and an active lifestyle.
Dr Chris Steele said, “Throughout our lives our habits and activities change, impacting our bodies in a number of ways. This combined with the natural course of ageing means that our spine and back can be heavily affected, which is why it’s just as important to pay attention to your back care needs just as much as other, more visible parts of your body”.
The good news is that there are a number of simple things you can do at any age to help keep your back young! Here are some tips for the 40s and 50s among you:
- Our bodies, especially our muscles and joints, are designed to move. Keeping active with movement and exercise will improve muscle tone, improve circulation and posture. The exercise does not need to be strenuous so get walking.
- Take up a new sport which will give you gentle exercise that will keep you moving and flexible.
- If you are currently suffering any back problems then you want to get them checked out and treated sooner rather than later. For mild strains you need to stay mobile with gentle activities. Use ice on the painful areas. If the pain persists see your doctor or visit a practitioner such as a chiropractor.
At Muswell Hill Chiropractic we have successfully helped many back pain sufferers. If you are currently suffering why don’t you visit us and find out if we can help you and take up ourFirst Visit Special offer?