If you have back pain, you are not alone as it’s the most common form of pain with 1 in 6 Australian experiencing it every year1. Therefore, living with back pain can be very uncomfortable and it is important to find ways to successfully manage it safely and effectively.
Back pain is caused by the way bones, discs, tendons, muscles and ligaments interact. Most commonly it is felt due to a fall, body posture, weight, sleep, injury or other medical conditions. This particular type of pain can have a significant impact on all aspects of life including daily activities, family life, work, sport and social activities.
Symptoms can include:
✔ General Pain
✔ Muscular Spasms
✔ Tingling / Numbness
Most of us know that eating a balanced diet and being active to maintain a healthy weight are great starting points to keep your back strong. Appropriate therapy such as medication, acupuncture, massage and physiotherapy can all play a role. There is a lot you can do in conjunction with advice from your health professional so you can get back into the game.
With easy to follow videos and a step-by-step guide that you can do
in the convenience of your home (or even at work at your desk!)
Please seek advice from your health professional before commencing any exercises.
If you have injury or any health conditions, these exercises may not be suitable.
For those who are healthy, if you experience any pain at all, during these gentle stretches, be sure to stop. Remember you should feel a comfortable stretch – go slow and let your body have time to adjust and pause to enjoy the stretch. It has many benefits and you should feel a little more mobile after doing these.
Do not perform any of these exercises until you have read this important information.
1. Better Health Victoria