Back Pain

Updated 06 July 2015

Does bed rest help for back pain?

Bed rest for more than a few days isn't recommended.


Bed rest for more than a few days is not recommended, as this can reduce your muscle strength. When the pain lessens, activity levels must be increased gradually and carefully.

Back braces and can relieve strain and support your back temporarily. But prolonged use may result in weakened muscles, so the use of this must be limited to less than a week.


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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.

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