- It is very important to exercise regularly. Little and often is better than sudden bursts of activity. Regular use of light weights as well as cardio exercise 3-4 times per week is ideal. Strong core muscles (abdominal muscles) help to stabilise the back.
- Watch your posture. Try not to slump, shoulders should be down and relaxed.
- Be aware of your neck position. Your chin should be held back rather than forward.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Try not to twist and bend at the same time.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking has been shown to reduce the blood supply to the discs between the vertebrae, which may lead to disc degeneration and pain.
- Never ignore pain, seek advice from your chiropractor as early intervention can aid a speedy recovery.
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