Regular exercise helps curb backaches
One of the most common ailments these days- back and neck aches has started affecting people as young as 20-year-old, claim health experts. This is in contrast to a time when back and neck pains usually used to be associated with and was an ailment spotted in people who were in their 50s or 60s.chandigarh Updated: Feb 15, 2014 12:48 IST
One of the most common ailments these days- back and neck aches has started affecting people as young as 20-year-old, claim health experts. This is in contrast to a time when back and neck pains usually used to be associated with and was an ailment spotted in people who were in their 50s or 60s. However, sitting without a break for long hours at one place, having a bad posture, huge amount of mental stress, lack of physical activity, smoking and unhealthy dietary patterns has seen that even the younger people are being affected with the malady.
Muscles, ligaments, tendons, disks and bones these segments of the human spine are cushioned with soft bone-like pads. Wear and tear of any of these parts can result in back ache.Doctors say, nearly 80% of the country’s population are bound to experience back or neck pain at some point of their life. "The buzz words are lack of activity and bad posture that result in most back, neck and shoulder pains in younger people," said Dr Yash Gulati, orthopaedicain.
Losing weight, walking briskly for around 40 minutes daily, giving up smoking, eating calcium-rich food and food fortified with vitamin D and most importantly taking break for a few minutes to stretch after every half an hour or so are some of the things that can help you prevent back aches.
Doctors say that common lifestyle -related reasons that lead to spine-related aches are:
Strain on the muscles or ligaments can result in nagging back ache. Sometimes even small things, like watching television in an awkward posture for hours without a break is enough to give a person a terrible muscle pull. Maintaining a correct posture is necessary not just while lifting heavy things, but also while sitting and lying down to maintain a healthy back.
WEAR AND TEARThe most common form of wear and tear of the spine is medically called discogenic pain, wherein cracks develop in the outer parts of the disc. Obesity, smoking, vibrations and lifting excessive load speed up disc degeneration.
Extra bone formation that presses the nerve causes chronic pain in the back or the neck. The pain can go down to the legs or a person may even experience pain in his/her arms and shoulder side.
A part from being a major reason behind cancer, nicotine causes early degeneration of the disc material and can lead to higher incidences of back ache.
USING A BAD MATTRESS
If a mattress does not support specific parts of the body and fails to keep the spine straight, then there is a risk of back pain.
First Published: Feb 15, 2014 11:31 IST