Look after you back during Spinal Health Week 2020

TREAT IT: With sedentary lifestyles common, plus the impact of COVID-19 now is the time to take care of your spinal health. Photo: Shutterstock

TREAT IT: With sedentary lifestyles common, plus the impact of COVID-19 now is the time to take care of your spinal health. Photo: Shutterstock

People are working from home now more than ever due to COVID-19 and that coupled with limits on social activites can translate into a lot of time in front of the TV or at a desk.

These types of sedentary activities affect postural fitness which can lead to lower back pain, headaches and neck pain.

It's important to take time to ensure your spinal health as well as your overall wellbeing.

Regardless of your level of fitness, if you are experiencing these kinds of problems, you should visit your local practitioner sooner rather than later.

Your local physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath can help you make positive changes for good spinal function, reducing pain, and maintaining a healthy posture.

Placing importance on good spinal health and function, alleviating pain, improving posture and mobility, and living a healthy lifestyle, can lead to improvements in overall performance.

Some of the things you can do right now to help include building core strength, maintaining posture and stretching regularly.

Deep core muscles provide stability to the body. Core strength also improves protection of the spine as well as maintaining good spinal alignment.

Making sure you are stretching every two hours, rolling your shoulders to loosen muscles, using a back support, and staying hydrated and upright will also be of great benefit.

Research shows that back and neck pain can be resolved when normal function is restored to the spine.

When under proper control of your nervous system, all cells, tissue and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health.

If you have suffered an injury such as a ligament sprain or muscle strain, physiotherapy treatment augments the body's normal healing process and will speed the recovery of a strong tissue repair.

Regaining muscle control and strength is always a focus of treatment because it will reduce the recurrence of symptoms.

Physiotherapy treatment can involve a combination of joint mobilisation, massage, exercises, stretches, dry needling, strapping, advice and electrotherapy machines.

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