You’re not alone. Over 80% of the Swiss population experience back pain at least once in their lives. The first problems often occur at a young age. We show you which are the most common back complaints, how you can relieve the pain – and how you can save on treatment costs.
Some back complaints have an identifiable cause: for example, a slipped disc, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, scoliosis or Bekhterev’s disease (ankylosing spondylitis).
However, 85% of back pain does not have a clearly identifiable cause. Sitting for long hours, lack of exercise, undue strain and weak muscles lead to painful tension.
COMPLETA supplementary insurance provides benefits for the prevention and treatment of back problems.
COMPLETA covers 75% of the costs of health-promoting fitness courses such as strength training, yoga or back exercises, up to a maximum of CHF 200 per year.
Complementary treatment such as massages, osteopathy and acupuncture can help with back pain. With COMPLETA, you receive 75% of the costs of outpatient treatment and 100% of the costs of inpatient treatment, up to a maximum of CHF 5,000 per calendar year.
While sleeping, your spine should be in a neutral position. Lying on your back is considered to be particularly healthy. Sleeping on your side also eases the strain on your spine, but only if you have the right pillow and mattress. You should avoid sleeping on your stomach.
Set the height of the chair so that your feet are flat on the floor. Hip and knee joints should form a 90-degree angle. Your elbows should rest on the table without you needing to raise your shoulders. The ideal distance between your eyes and the screen is one arm’s length.
Stay active and get exercise. Do this even of you are suffering a lot of pain. Stretch gently, strengthen your back muscles, go for a walk – do what you can.
Medication such as anti-inflammatories can help with severe and debilitating pain. Consult your doctor if the painkillers do not help or the pain lasts for too long.
Take a bath, use a hot water bottle or a heat patch, go for a walk in the sun – heat relaxes the body and mind and relieves pain.
Give yourself and your back time. Most back problems disappear by themselves after a few days or weeks.
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