- For back pain, better to see your osteopath sooner than later.
- Take regular exercise – your osteopath can say what’s right for you.
- Hours in one position can cause problems – avoid ‘computer hump’.
- During repetitive tasks, vary your rhythm and take frequent breaks.
- Adjust car seats and on long journeys, take regular breaks to stretch.
- Pace yourself with heavy work like gardening.
- Watch children’s posture – they shouldn’t carry bags on one shoulder or spend too long at a computer, games console etc. without breaks.
- During pregnancy, osteopathy can help your body adjust to changes.
- Avoid strain when lifting, particularly small children and shopping.
- Your bed could be part of the problem. Seek osteopathic advice on choosing a new one.
The Westminster Hospital’s : TWENTY TIPS TO MANAGE STRESS
Physical activity -cycle, swim, walk
Practise deep breathing
Talk to someone you trust
Accept what you cannot change
Avoid self medication: cigarettes, alcohol, coffee, tranquillisers
Get enough sleep. Be aware when you are tired and take steps to rest and refresh yourself
Take time out to play
Do something for others
Do jobs one at a time
Agree with someone for a change
Examine how you manage your time and set a timetable – don’t overload it
If you are sick don’t try to pretend you are not
Develop an absorbing hobby
Remember the answer lies with you
Eat sensibly: fresh fruit and vegetables; wholemeal bread and pasta; wholegrain
cereals; cut down on fatty sugary foods
Take time to relax daily
Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’
Delegate to colleagues, family and friends
Be realistic about perfection and what you can achieve
Recognise that you are a person of worth – a unique individual with valuable
qualities that are continually being developed and SMILE!
We hope the above is helpful.
Another great site that we recommend is the NHS Choices Website, have a look at this interesting page .