Time to care


Hey every-body,


Here I am, sitted in a Cafe in front on the Tyne. Sun is going down, it’s been a beautiful day. It started freezing cold but ended up with no wind and a big bright sunshine !

In the same spirit than my previous post, I thought that I could share with you some more about the NHS recommandations. I guess they can’t be all wrong. Specially when I agree with most of their ideas 😀

So this time I want to share with you about the back pain and how to treat it, which are your options?

Again I’ll write another post later with my personal opinion and what I’ve learnt through the years.

Here we are.

The best way to deal with back pain is to stay active and continue doing regular exercise.

Have your read it? Read it again? Print it if you need, but remember that. And it’s said active, regular exercises, not exhausting yourselves and pushing your limits to far. Have some respect for your body. But do not patronize it. Balance!

The advice given 20 years ago was to rest, but research has shown that inactivity only makes things worse.

Staying active means continuing with regular day-to-day activities to avoid becoming sedentary.

Examples include walking to the shops rather than taking the car, getting off the bus a stop early, gardening, and taking the dog for a walk.

If you experience mild pain, you’re advised to take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen, available from any pharmacy.

Your pharmacist can advise on which medication is best for you, depending on your personal circumstances.

Get more tips on looking after your back.

Exercises and activities

If your back pain is mild, try to exercise as well as maintaining an active lifestyle. You can do any activity that gives your body a good workout.

When choosing an activity, pick something you enjoy – that way, you’re more likely to stick with it.

Ideally, your choice of activities should involve elements of endurance, as well as strength and flexibility.

Examples include walkingrunning or jogging, cycling, dancing, swimming, hydrotherapy (exercising in water), and aquarobics.

There’s some evidence that regular yoga and pilates is beneficial for people with lower back pain.

For more low-impact exercise ideas, read our page on easy exercises.

Aim for at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. You may want to build up to this gradually over several weeks.

You could see your GP about your back pain to ask if you could get a referral for a group exercise programme.

Manual therapy

Your GP may suggest combining an exercise programme with a course of manual therapy, such as massage or physiotherapy.

Manual therapy is a type of physiotherapy. It’s especially helpful if your back is stiff and flexibility is an issue.

Psychological therapy

Your GP may also suggest a treatment package that combines an exercise programme and manual therapy and a course of psychological therapy.

This can help you understand your thoughts, feelings and actions. You’ll learn techniques to alter the way you react to and cope with things, such as pain.

Psychological therapy won’t necessarily make your lower back pain go away. But it may make it less intense and help you get back to work and doing your daily activities.


I hope you had a good reading, and that your learnt or remembered some good stuff.


See you around guys,


Flo x

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