Minor back pain is a tedious pain in the – well, back – and sometimes, plying oneself with ibuprofen isn’t the best way of treating the issue. And while most people will find such aches and pains improving within a few weeks, this doesn’t stop it being uncomfortable and hugely distracting while trying to do day-to-day tasks. Back pain is caused by a big mixture of things, so there’s no one-size-fits-all fix – but there are a few things you can do to alleviate symptoms. We asked Katie Griffiths, professional development officer for the institute of osteopathy and registered Osteopath, for her top tips.
If you’re a thrill-seeker, you’re familiar with that rush of excitement you feel during the climax of a horror movie. Sure, you know Freddy Krueger and Jigsaw exist only onscreen, but they still make your palms sweat and leave you with nightmares for weeks. “The brain is wired to treat what it sees as real,” Glenn Sparks, professor and associate head of the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University, tells Yahoo Health. “It is very difficult to tell the primitive brain to ignore the apparent reality of what it is seeing, and if the images appear to be real and terrifying, the brain tells the body to react accordingly.” Horror movies can affect your brain and body in ways you may not even realize, so if you have a history of physical or mental health issues, think twice before pushing Play.