The anatomy of the spine is very complex and has to support the whole weight of your body. It is therefore not surprising that poor posture, bad lifting habits, obesity and so on, can put strain on your back muscles and cause pain.
Common backache can be eased by taking pain killers and gentle exercise. The old fashioned remedy of taking to your bed and not moving can actually make the pain worse.
To avoid back pain, you must reduce excess stresses and strains on your back and ensure that your back is strong and supple. If you have persistent, recurring bouts of back pain, the following advice may be useful:
- Lose any excess weight
- Practise the Alexander technique.
- Wear flat shoes with cushioned soles, as these can reduce the stress on your back.
- Avoid sudden movements or muscle strain.
- Try and reduce any stress, anxiety and tension.
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If the pain persists for more than a few days, or spreads to the legs (sciatica) consult your Doctor.