Check out my #tuesdaytips on how to look after your back.
Stay flexible, if you are desk bound, move around every 30 minutes.
Stay strong, go swimming and walking regularly or as often as you can.
Steer clear of the driving range. Unfortunately golf swings are of no help to people with back problems.
Try to sit on a stability ball for 15 minutes a day.
I think we all know that excess weight can cause a number of health problems but it can be a big contributor to back pain.
Don’t sleep on a hard bed. Believe or not these can really irritate back problems. If your staying in a Hotel ask if the bed is firm. Before now I have been known to buy a bed quilt and fold it to lie on as the bed was too hard, it just takes the pressure off your back.
Have a deep tissue massage this can help back pain a great deal but make sure whoever gives it to you is fully qualified.
Try not to pound the streets when you walk, make sure your shoes have a good cushioning.
Feel the pain sometimes rather than reaching straight out for the medication as it could be masking something.
Always, always, always bend the knees when picking up anything or bending down.
And for the women, don’t carry your life around in your handbag.
And for the men, don’t carry too much in your computer bag.
Another one for the women, don’t wear high heels all the time. The long term effect can not only effect your back but also your feet.
Get an accurate clinical diagnosis if your pain does not settle down after a few weeks.
Don’t smoke, it has been proven that people who smoke are more likely to have lower back pain.
Never twist and bend at the same time.