As we get older, our muscles and tendons start to take longer to recover from the stresses that we put them through. In today’s society, we spend a lot of time sat at desks, in meetings or on the settee, all of which puts strain onto our spinal column and leading to increasing numbers of back pain complaints. The market for back support products has boomed over recent years, as chiropractors, pharmaceutical companies and homeopathic doctors have all tried to provide remedies for this problem.
Besides normal pain killing medicines, the most common products tend to be wraps or bandages that are tied around the waist to restrict the wearers movement. These are aimed at giving the spine and its associated muscles a chance to recover. Such items tend to be uncomfortable to wear initially, as the wearer must adapt their walking and sitting postures to accommodate the wrap.
Another common practice is to invest in ergonomic chairs which promote healthier sitting postures and provide a decent level of support. These chairs are aimed to reduce the amount of slouching by the user through a rigid back rest. Further support can be gained by positioning one’s hands correctly when typing or writing, as having the arms too high or too low on the table can cause stress on the shoulders or neck, which the body then compensates for with poor body positioning.
Lastly, there are many mobility options available for those who wish to reduce the amount of back support they need through simple exercises. The Alexander technique shows participants how to maintain positive posture, and classes are becoming more widely available. Physiotherapists and chiropractors are both good sources of advice and exercises to strengthen the muscles in the back and to improve one’s posture.