Looking After Your Back

Most back pain can be avoided if you:

Maintain good posture – the way you stand, sit work and sleep

Watch your weight – being overweight for your height and sex can add extra stress to your spine

Keep fit and active – strong back and stomach muscles help support your spine

Consider your everyday activities – think of your back when shopping, gardening, cleaning, lifting and driving

Recognise your sporting capabilities – amateur sportsmen and women should be careful not to overdo it

Lift wisely – bend your knees, not your back, don’t life anything that is too heavy

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