Five foolproof ways to strengthen your back

Well, we say foolproof, but if you follow the advice in this post you’ll be taking the smart route to limiting your chances of back pain in future. If you twist your ankle, or sprain your wrist, you have rest options to heal properly. Backs can’t limp, however, so cure is as much about prevention for the future as it …

How can I improve my posture to reduce my back pain?

There’s something about sitting slumped at your desk all day that can leave you feeling like you’re suffering from a low-grade hangover by the time you clock off and go home. You probably even pass subconscious judgement on other colleagues’ – good and bad – posture throughout the day, without relating it to your own. However, despite feeling foggy and …

What should you do if you throw your back out?

Being in possession of a back that goes out from time to time isn’t too different to driving a classic car.  Just as classic cars have a habit of breaking down when you least expect, a back that’s prone to ‘going out’ will do the same; a sneeze, a cough, and turning around too quickly are just as likely to …

How to decide if back surgery is right for you?

The thought of surgery can be pretty terrifying, not just that it’s generally the end of a road of lots of pain, physiotherapy, and self-help. However, surgery can be as much prevention as cure, and for some back conditions, there’s no doubt that it’s a big help in someone’s road to recovery. However, it’s not for everyone, and it’s worth …

3 back exercises to strengthen your back and relieve back pain

Pain doesn’t discriminate, of course. It doesn’t care whether you can deadlift your own body weight, or whether carrying the groceries home leaves you begging for mercy. However, that nagging twinge in your back could be down to weak muscles; the good news is, strength building – little and often – can help ease your back pain. Which weak muscle …

Does an inversion table help with lower back pain?

Back pain can be debilitating – it doesn’t just affect your fitness regime, it can impact on everything from your work and family life to your sleep and general comfort even when relaxing at home. In this previous article, we discussed whether massage can help treat back pain. Guess what? The answer is yes. Different kinds of massage treat different …

How to deal with back pain caused by weight lifting

There’s nothing quite as demoralizing as a back injury when you’re an avid weight lifter. Your spine can never really take a day off. If you pull a calf muscle, or wrench your shoulder, you can favor the opposite side of your body. Even when you should really take the weight off and rest until you’re recovered, you could technically …

Reasons why back pain can interrupt your running schedule

Running is popular. If you were in any doubt, then think about it; it’s a cheap form of exercise open to almost everyone, and the benefits for your mental health are as great as they are for your physical health. That’s why any interruption can be frustrating at best. Why running can lead to back pain Back pain is very …