My patients often ask me as to what type of mattress they should buy when they update their current ones. This is especially the case when they are sufferers of back pain. Should it be soft? Should it be hard? Should I buy one of those foam, contoured mattresses that shape to your body etc…

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Sleeping with back pain - Blackburn Osteopath

For those who have suffered low back pain, you know that the pain can continue into the night and can make it difficult to fall asleep! By making small changes to your sleeping habits, you can take some of the pressure and tension off your low back, giving you an easier nights sleep. 1. Moving…

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At one point or another, I’m sure you have been told to “lift with your knees!” or “protect your back!” But sometimes it’s not as easy as just bending at the knees, especially around the house. If 1 out of 3 workplace injuries are as a result of poor manual handling techniques, you can only…

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There are a few simple and easy rules to remember when lifting heavy objects, or just lifting anything full stop! Poor manual handling is said to have caused 1 in 3 Australians an injury in the workforce. In a previous post, I discussed what actually happens to your lower back when you lift a load…

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I’m sure most people at some point in their lives have heard their health care practitioner ram home the importance of proper ergonomics, whether it be lifting at work, or just simple posture advice to protect your lower back. But what exactly happens to your lower back when you don’t lift correctly, or slouch in…

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