As we get older we notice more cracking in our joints and we feel more aches and pains. Our ageing bodies no longer recover like they did in our younger years and we should to listen to what they’re trying to tell us. If we take better care of ourselves now, we will be rewarded in future by still being mobile in our elderly years.
Because so many people in today’s society work on computers or sitting at desks for long hours, we need to be aware of the associated health concerns and do what we can to minimize them. We all might suspect that sitting for long hours is not good for us, but a recent Harvard study confirmed it; too much sitting is linked to an early demise. This is becoming more and more apparent with the number of recent retirees having back pains and problems. The statistics don’t lie and visits to the physiotherapist are up dramatically since before the age of sitting in a chair all day.
We talked with a visiting physiotherapist from Brisbane, Elliot Campbell about his experiences treating his physio patients. “I work with senior citizens on a regular basis, and back problems are extremely common these days.” He said. “Whenever I am treating somebody with back issues it’s almost always because they’ve been sitting at a desk for long hours with bad posture. Sitting in a chair, especially slouched or hunched over puts incredible pressure on the lower spine.” While research into this area has only recently becoming prominent in the media, we can safely say that by working at maintaining the correct posture now you will save yourself from multiple trips to the chiropractor or from getting physiotherapy in future.
If you have trouble sitting at your desk for long hours with a straight spine and your shoulders back, consider purchasing an ergonomic chair to make the job easier. Ergonomic chairs will hold your spine in a more natural, less awkward position and help keep back pain at bay and you away from the physio clinic. Another great idea is to ensure you get up from your desk and move around once every few hours. It’s not healthy to be seated for hours on end, so take the pressure off and get your blood pumping by getting mobile for a few minutes every hour.
It’s not only chairs that can keep you in good shape, either. Purchasing furniture like tables and bench tops that are at a suitable height for you is equally important. “One other common issue I’ve noticed in some of my elderly patients if they have to hunch over to comfortably work on their kitchen bench tops or to wash the dishes in their sink. Prolonged hunching can cause all sorts of problems, and chopping up vegetables or cleaning dishes in a low sink can be just an much of a health concern as poor posture when sitting.” Elliot continued. “People don’t think about it at the time because it’s only mildly uncomfortable, but if purchasing a higher chopping block or investing in a custom sink to suit your height can save you years of physiotherapy or doctors bills, I say it’s worth it.”
It’s not always easy to find the right height furniture but if you’re a taller person it makes sense to buy higher tables and bench tops, and invest in a custom sink that suits. Keep this in mind when fitting out your new kitchen or renovating your old one. Cupboards and bench top can usually be made to order and we found a company that does reasonably priced custom stainless steel sinks if you’re in the market for a better kitchen sink.
While ageing is inevitable, aches and pains don’t have to be. Take care of yourself while you are still able, so that you don’t need to rely on others when you get older. We all want to be mobile and happy when we’re ready to retire (if we’re not there already) so taking a little bit of extra care now will ensure your health remains for as long as possible.