Back pain is an extremely common and affects most people at some point in their lives.
For some it can be a one-off or rare occurrence, but for others it can be recurrent and long-lasting.
Ensuring your back is strong and healthy is essential in preventing back problems from occurring.
BackCare offers the following eight tips to ensure a healthy back.
Exercise your back
Exercising your back regularly will strengthen it and prevent problems. Back stroke is particularly beneficial when swimming.
Lift heavy objects properly
Always bend your knees and hips when lifting heavy objects, and not your back.
Use a rucksack
Carry larger loads in a comfortable rucksack using both shoulder straps. Avoid sling bags.
Maintain good posture
Avoid slumping in your chair, hunching over a desk, or walking with your shoulders hunched.
If sitting at a desk all day, try to take a short break every 30 minutes, get up and walk around.
Smoking can reduce the blood supply to discs between the vertebrae, and this could lead to disc-degeneration.
Lose excess weight
Carrying excess weight increases the burden on your back.
Learn relaxation techniques to help manage stress. “Stress is a major cause of back pain,” said BackCare.