12 Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Backache

by Dr Vernon Coleman and Donna Antoinette Coleman

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.

3. Always 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 back.

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 Coleman 2005

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.

Copyright Vernon Coleman 2005