9. The mattress A mattress that is too hard or too soft can precipitate or exacerbate mechanical back problems. If it’s too soft it doesn’t offer sufficient support, and if it’s too hard it doesn’t allow for the spinal contours resulting in stiffness and very achy joints. Ideal mattresses tend to be the ‘pocket spring’ [...]
Exercise The spinal joints rely on the muscles to support them, therefore regular back strengthening exercises provide great support for the vertebral joints and definitely help to prevent both the chronic, on going lower back pain, as well as the potential to strain the joints when lifting, carrying etc.
A dramatic new expert study from leading US Health Economists from Mercer Health and Benefits and Harvard University analyses chiropractic management of back and neck pain and reports:
Backache is an age-old phenomenon that has plagued mankind for thousands of years. Ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Greek and Roman history bears witness to this, with numerous references to the treatment of spinal problems using various ‘mechanical’ techniques. Fortunately techniques have progressed somewhat since those early times! Why is back pain such a problem, costing individuals [...]