Back Pain

Updated 25 January 2017

Be back alert

Most people just take their backs for granted – until they start playing up.

Most people just take their backs for granted – until they start playing up, that is. Nothing is quite as incapacitating as a severe backache. Or as painful.

Take action:
Poor posture puts unnecessary strain on your spine – sit and stand up straight, but maintain the natural S-curve of the spine; avoid twisting and bending your back; avoid staying in one position for hours at a time; exercise regularly; do exercises, specifically targeted at your back – these will help to ease back pain and will improve back function; sleep on a supportive mattress and pillow; and have your spine checked regularly to ensure you maintain optimal spinal health.


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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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