Many athletes and fitness fanatics count their relationship with a physiotherapist as an important part of their wider exercise regime. Whilst regular exercise is great for your health, sometimes the aftermath following a particularly intense workout can be painful.
Many Americans are now living very sedentary lives, especially if they work in an office setting. While it has been proven that sitting all day isn’t good for your body, it can be much worse if you suffer from chronic back pain or even just a stiff back from sitting for too long. According to Forbes, fewer than 20 percent of jobs include any kind of physical activity, and many people spend at least 4 hours each day sitting at a desk.
Back pain is seriously debilitating and an estimated 8/10 people endure back pain at one time or another. Unfortunately, because the back is a very complex structure comprised of lots of different nerves, bones and muscles, it can be really difficult to work out what the underlying cause is. Often back pain is temporary and can be soothed with painkillers until it wears off, but when you are suffering from long-term, chronic pain, it can really wear you down.
Whether you are old or young, fit and healthy or guilty of a few bad habits, pain can affect people from all walks of life and strike any area of the body. The back, neck and shoulders are particularly vulnerable and even everyday tasks can take their toll on the body. Those who are also regular exercisers, disabled or recovering from injury may also have to deal with their fair share of pain.
According to studies, Low back pain affects nearly 80% of all adults. Most low back injuries come fromthe following: wearing high heels (women), performing manual labor and people who sit for long periods of time (greater than 3 hrs.). Although these statistics are alarming, there are some simple steps one can take to make sure that they avoid current and future back pain or injury. These steps all involve simple exercises that can be performed from anywhere, including one’s office.
During this busy time of the year when your exercise get pushed to the background do these 3 moves to help stay in shape and to feel less guilty.
1. Wall squats- 30 seconds -1 min- Works on your leg and your mental toughness.
Why do I have muscle tension? How can I get this to go away? Can you just massage it out? How many sessions will it take to get that out? What exercises can I do? What foods should I eat? What oils would help out with this pain?
As women age, their metabolism plummets, especially after 35-that is why I recommend compound exercises which work more than one body group at the same time. A lot of my female clients ask me for ways to strengthen their back, which is good to maintain good posture and ensure proper cervical alignment. Below are four back exercises that I recommend for my female clients.
I wanted to follow up my blog yesterday on back pain with an article I wrote some time back on using the ol' stability ball as a chair. I have been sitting on one for 10 years! It's the best...anyway, enjoy! And don't spend a lot of money on a 'fancy' ball. The best ball I ever had (and still have) was $7.99 at Ross.