As we get older, it’s natural for many of us to experience problems with our back. All those years of poor posture, perhaps carrying too much weight or other health problems eventually catch up with us. But spinal problems are also the result of the normal ageing process.
The main cause is the dehydration and wearing of the discs between the vertebrae that comprise the spine. This in turn causes pain and muscular problems. Arthritis is also a major player here too.
So is this inevitable, and what can we do about it? Spinal problems are not inevitable at all and as always, the key is to keep active without overdoing it for as long as you’re able into your old age. Conversely, a sedentary lifestyle will accelerate the problems and many chiropractors now report treating relative youngsters who have premature spinal degeneration.
I always emphasise to my patients the importance of keeping mobile. If they have a desk job, do some stretching at regular intervals to loosen up the spine. Crucially, regular maintenance is important too. You wouldn’t drive a car with a lot of miles on the clock unless it was regularly maintained and had its MOT so regular chiropractic adjustments to keep your spine in tip-top condition should be a part of your routine.
Remember that most back problems are preventable – even if brought on by passing years – provided we do the right things.