12 Ways To Reduce
Your Risk Of Developing Backache
by Dr Vernon Coleman and Donna
1. Change positions
often when working. Don't sit or stand in the same position for more than 30
minutes at a time.
2. Don't change positions suddenly. For example, move
gently and slowly when getting out of a car or out of bed.
warm-up before doing any exercise.
4. A firm mattress is better for your
back than a soft one.
5. If your bed sags try putting a piece of plywood
under your mattress.
6. Keep high-heeled shoes for special occasions.
High heels exacerbate back problems.
7. If you carry a shoulder bag
alternate between the left and the right shoulder.
8. If you have to move
a large, heavy object push it don't pull it. Pulling puts more strain on your
9. Make sure that your car seat is comfortable. If necessary use
cushions to make your seat comfy.
10. Take regular breaks if you are
driving a long way.
11. Watch your posture. Poor posture can cause
backache or make it worse.
12. When working at a computer you should make
sure that you sit correctly. Have a chair that supports your upper back as well
as your lower back.
Copyright Vernon Coleman and Donna Antoinette
Taken from Health Secrets Doctors Share With
Their Families by Vernon Coleman & Donna Antoinette Coleman, published
by the European Medical Journal at £12.99 and available from the bookshop on
this website and from all good bookshops everywhere.
Vernon Coleman 2005