While 80% of us will experience back pain at some point during our lives, the majority of us will only start feeling those aches and niggles after the age of about 30. But why exactly is this and why don’t our spines continue to stay as supple and supertastic as they were in our youth?
Our London chiropractor explains that as we age, the disks between the vertebrae start to wear away and shrink. This can cause pain and stiffness as the bones begin to rub against each other. The space around our spinal cords also narrows as we increase in age (a condition known as Spinal Stenosis). This reduction in space places added pressure on the spinal cord and surrounding nerves, which causes pain and discomfort.
Fortunately, there are simple ways to defend ourselves against age related aches and pains. Maintaining a good sitting and standard posture is amongst the most important ones, along with eating well, maintaining a healthy weight and undertaking regular physical activity.
You can’t reduce your age but you can reduce your back pain!