Healthy back | Sanitas magazine

Your back

Your back

The stronger the better

Our back consists of 34 articulating vertebrae and almost as many spinal discs. Added to this are 14 muscles that move and stabilise the spine and 31 pairs of nerves that connect our brain with the spinal cord, transmitting information in fractions of a second.

Back problems

According to Swiss Statistics, 44% of women and 34% of men in Switzerland claim to have suffered back pain in the last four weeks, most commonly with pain in their shoulders, neck and arms. One of the main reasons for this is our modern lifestyle, with many hours of sitting, too little exercise, unilateral strain and other stress factors. For a strong, healthy back you need to exercise regularly and be careful to avoid unnecessary strain, your whole life long. Fast walking, Nordic walking and back strengthening exercises are particularly good for the back. It's recommended to take 10,000 steps a day or walk around 7 kilometres.

Children need exercise too

According to a study, half of children and young people don’t get enough exercise and suffer from a lack of muscle, which leads to poor posture and back pain.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s cycling, swimming or just playing outdoors: take the initiative and do something with your children so you get more exercise together! We’ve put together a few ideas for you here.

Everyday tips for a healthy back
How to lift, carry and lie properly.
Sitting correctly at your PC
Set up an ergonomic workplace.