Maintaining a healthy back
Back pain is a common complaint in the UK, with over 70% of adults suffering at some point in their lives, most commonly the problem is non-specific lower back pain. This means that is not due to any specific disease or serious back problem. However this doesn't stop it being uncomfortable and it can last up to 12 weeks.
Back pain is usually described as stiffness, aching or tension in the back. Non-specific low back pain may be caused by straining a muscle or ligament, or by a minor problem with vertebrae or discs. It can be caused by bad posture, bending awkwardly or lifting incorrectly.
If you are concerned about your back pain then you should visit your doctor. Importantly, you should see your GP if you have pain that does not ease after lying down, any numbness, unexplained weight loss, fever or pain that is worse at night.
Keep your back strong
By constantly moving, keeping active and using the muscles and ligaments that support the spine, you will lessen the chances of ending up with back pain.
Yoga is a fantastic way of staying flexible and strong at any age, or, if you prefer the gym then an initial session with a personal trainer will help you learn the most effective weight training routine for back strength. There are also exercises that can be done daily to maintain strength — see the NHS Livewell pages for simple stretches to do at home.
Supportive and relaxing
Gently massaging a Glucosamine based gel, such as Joint Plus, with its soothing eucalyptus and rosemary is a wonderfully relaxing experience for contracted areas. The muscles of the back and buttocks are the biggest in the body, it’s important to also make sure they are warm and well stretched before you contemplate exercise or manual work, at Tower Health, we also provide a range of supports for the lower back which may be useful when you know you have lifting, digging, or lots of stretching to do. It’s also important to maintain a good posture, and by wearing a device like Posture Medic you are able to reduce stress on your lower back and consequently reduce pain in your back and neck.
How Tower Health can help improve your back pain
Most back pain will improve over time, and the best treatments are basic pain relief medicines such as paracetamol. The best thing you can do yourself though, is to make sure you keep moving. Walking, swimming or gently carrying out your daily chores will help your recovery.
Many people find that heat therapy helps soothe their back pain, and a hot water bottle or wheat bag, which you heat in the microwave, can help. Moreover, Tower Health offers micro current therapy patches, a device that stimulates painful parts of your body and speeds up the healing process.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) can also help relieve back pain. TENS can block the pain messages being sent to your brain and stimulate natural pain killers called endorphins in your body.
Tower Health offer a wide choice of easy to use, TENS devices including Paingone - the original TENS pen, a device used by 1.5 million pain sufferers worldwide.