A recent Chiropractic Association study found nearly 70 per cent of Australians suffering from back pain on a weekly basis, with one in four Australians suffering back pain each day.

It seems too many people are just accepting back pain as a fact of life, turning to painkillers when the pain is bad and not looking at the undering cause of their discomfort. Most people do not realize they have a problem until they perform a normal action like bending down to get the soap or kicking the footy around.

Back pain waiting to happen

Everything that has happened to your back, every trauma and major jolt it has had to absorb over the years is stored in the spine, waiting. Unless they are taken away through care or special exercises they are always going to emerge in crisis.

It is important to know that your brain only perceives 10 per cent of what is going on in the body. So just because you are not experiencing symptoms does not mean you are necessarily healthy. True health is indicated by your body's ability to adapt to different stressors in your life.

It is said that today, we experience as much stress in one day as our ancestors two hundred years ago experienced in a year! This increased level of stress can cause significant issues if your body is unable to deal with it.

It would be great if chiropractic was not a last port of call for people experiencing back pain, and instead they took better care of their spine. You only get one spine so it's important to catch problems before they are well established. That is why regular chiropractic care is so important to your overall health.

5 tips to a healthy back

So, to help keep your spell in shape, here are my top five tips for a healthy back:

1. Do not sit in soft or deep chairs, as it puts increased stress through your lumbar spine and discs.

2. Do not stand or sit in one position for long periods of time. If your job involves plenty of sitting and stooping, pause frequently and walk around.

3. If reading in a chair, bring the book up to eye level instead of leading forward which strains your neck.

4. Exercise on a regular basis and only do prescribed movements that are good for your spine (I can provide advice on exercises tailored for you).

5. Sleep on a comfortable, supportive bed that does not sag.

More information on low back pain is available at http://passionchiropractic.com.au/pain/lower-back/