If you or a loved one suffer from back pain, you’ll know how debilitating the condition can be. It can really dent your quality of life and even rob you of your independence.
One thing’s for sure, you’re not alone. As many as four in five adults in the UK experience back pain at some point in their lives. It is most common in the lower back, although it can be felt anywhere along the spine, right from the neck to the hips.
The condition can be triggered by certain medical conditions, physical injuries, general strain, poor posture while sitting or standing, bending awkwardly or lifting incorrectly. It can also be caused or worsened by sleeping on an unsupportive mattress.
When to see a doctor
The vast majority of back pain cases get better without the need for interventions from doctors. However, if you are finding it difficult to cope with the level of discomfort or you’re worried about your back, make an appointment with your GP.
Also, you should seek immediate medical help if your back pain is accompanied by a fever of 38° or more, you have experienced unexplained weight loss, you have swelling in your back or you have a constant pain that doesn’t ease when you’re lying down. You should also consult a medical professional if you have a pain in your chest or high up in your back, a pain down your legs and below your knees or if your pain is worse at night. Other symptoms that merit a trip to the doctor include numbness around the buttocks, a loss of bladder or bowel control or an inability to pass urine.
Preventing back pain
It’s worth noting that how you stand, sit, lie and lift can all have an impact on the health of your back. Ideally, you should try to avoid placing too much pressure on this part of your body and make sure that it is strong and supple. In addition, before you pick up anything heavy or cumbersome, make sure you know about safe lifting techniques.
Meanwhile, exercises like swimming and walking can help to build up your back strength and yoga and Pilates both offer an effective way to enhance your flexibility and improve your back muscles.
Investing in quality mattresses before you notice any symptoms can help you to stave off the threat of back pain too.
Treating back pain
In the past, doctors recommended rest for back pain, but most specialists now agree that being inactive for long periods of time is bad for your back. This means that, if possible, you should engage in moderate activity, such as walking the dog or other everyday tasks. Painkillers are also available, along with hot or cold compression packs. These items are easy to find in pharmacies, or as an alternative you can use hot water bottles or packs of frozen vegetables.
Manual therapy is another option. For example, some people opt to take advantage of physiotherapy, osteopathy or chiropractic treatments.
For back pain that lasts for more than six weeks (which doctors describe as chronic), a combination of painkillers and either exercise classes or manual therapy is often prescribed. Only in rare cases and when all else has failed is spinal surgery considered as a treatment for back pain.
Time for a change of mattress
You may also want to invest in a mattress for back pain. Our Airflow® memory foam mattress assists with blood circulation and provides a high level of support. The added comfort could help you to get a good night’s sleep and to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the day.
Another way to combat back pain is to invest in one of our special beds for back pain. These British made products are designed to take the pressure off your muscles and to alleviate your aches. Our adjustable, orthopaedic beds are easy to get in and out of too, which is of course crucial when you’re suffering from back pain.
Being able to get into and out of chairs is something most people take for granted. However, if you or a loved one is suffering from a loss of mobility due to back pain, you’ll know that this task isn’t always as straightforward as it sounds.
Our riser recliner chairs could be the solution you’re looking for. These products eliminate any difficulties by helping you to get back into a comfortable standing position. They are also smooth and quiet for added comfort.
If you get a chair for back pain like this, you can rest assured it will be easy to use too. Within moments, you can shift from a comfortable sitting position to a standing posture.
Both our medical chairs for back pain and our beds feature our unique NHC Cyclo-Therapy technology system. This medically proven vibration therapy offers a full body massage and you can choose between different settings to ensure you get the best possible experience. Unlike other massage units, it uses a three-way technique, rotating and pulsating out from the centre. Importantly, it can offer relief from the discomfort of back pain.
Here to help
Don’t worry if you’re not sure which of our adjustable beds or chairs is right for you. Simply tell us one or more of your pain symptoms and the size of product you’re after, and we’ll be able to advise you on the best product for your needs.
For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly and professional team are waiting for your call on 0808 231 2964.