Backache

Updated 30 June 2014

Sit your way to a healthier back

If we were made out of rubber, bad posture wouldn't be a problem.

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If we were made out of rubber, bad posture wouldn't be a problem. But we are not. And, every time we sit slouched, or spend hours bent over a computer screen, we are straining, compressing and twisting our muscles, nerves, organs and spines.

Take action:
Don't slouch forward while you are sitting, but keep your back in balanced alignment; keep your weight down, as extra weight weakens your stomach muscles and puts real strain on your back muscles; don't sit in one position for hours on end – get up and move around; sleep on a firm mattress and stick to one pillow; exercise regularly, as this will keep your muscles in good condition; avoid high-heeled or platform shoes; hold your chin up while you walk and point your feet forwards.

Read more about your back's enemies and also visit our backache centre.

 

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Susan qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1990, and completed her master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2013 at the University of Pretoria. She has a special interest in human biomechanics, as well as the interaction between domestic and work-related ergonomics. Read more here.

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