HOW TO BEAT PRESENT AND FUTURE BACKACHE
This morning you probably didn’t think twice about slinging your overstuffed bag over
your shoulder, while reaching for the keys with one hand and backing out of the door
with a piece of cold toast in the other.. But there may come a time when one of these
simple, everyday manoeuvres will trigger a backache to call in sick, sea a doctor, or at
the very least, pop a few painkillers.
Four out of five of us will develop a back injury at some point in out lives and, according
to a research published last month by the health club LA Fitness and the Charity Back
care half us will have suffered in the past year alone.
But a few simple changes can stop you adding to the statistics. The trick, says Garry
Trainer, the osteopath, acupuncturist and author of Back Chat : The Ultimate Guide to
Healing and Preventing Back Pain (Arum Press) is to separate misconceptions from
the facts. “A lot of the advise floating around out there is not at all helpful or, in some
cases, even harmful” he says.
We asked trainer, who treats Sir Paul and G. Paltrow, and other experts to set the
record straight on preventing and treating back pain.
Does lifting heavy objects strain your back ?
Most injuries are caused by not what you pick up, but how you pick up. “The majority of
onsets of back pain are innocent”, Trainer says. “Switching on your computer, turning
your head too quickly, even sneezing. It’s about making the wrong move at the wrong
When lifting, follow this drill :squat, keeping your back straight ; grab the object, bringing
it close to your body ; and stand up, making sure that your thigh and bottom muscles
are taking some of the strain.
Just grabbing a pen off the floor? You still need to follow the drill, as even twisting the
wrong way can harm your back. There are so many innocent movements that you can
make before one of them becomes the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
-DR NAVRAJ SINGH SANDHU, firstname.lastname@example.org