Back pain is very common and can vary from a slight twinge to severe pain at times. Most people recover quickly from their back pain, if it is managed properly.
There is a lot you can do to help yourself. Continuing with your usual work and activities, as much as possible, can help your back pain.
There are exercises that can reduce your back pain and help to prevent it returning. The right sort of exercise, as advised by a physiotherapist, can make a big difference.
Research has shown lower back pain may return if it is ignored. Lifestyle changes, such as being more active and improving your posture, are important.
Top tips for preventing back pain
- Exercise and activity are the most important ways of helping yourself if you have back pain
- Keep moving and continue with activities such as walking or swimming
- Paracetamol or similar pain-killers, taken as advised by your GP or physio, can help you keep moving comfortably
- Avoid sitting for too long when driving or at work
- Gently stretch to prevent stiffness
- Take care when lifting, bending your hips and knees to use the power in your legs
- Check your posture when using computers/games or watching television
- Check the mattress on your bed to ensure it supports you properly
- Don’t smoke – it impairs your circulation, which affects how quickly your body can recover
- Strengthen your trunk muscles as this may help to protect your back
- Make sure your car seat and office chair are adjusted correctly and support your back
- Eat a healthy diet and exercise, as being overweight can be a cause of back pain