Back Pain

Updated 25 January 2017

Get down to back basics

Good news: you can help prevent back problems with a few common-sense measures.

Do you suffer from lower back pain? You're in good company – at least 80% of people will suffer from this condition at some point in their lives. Fortunately, you can help prevent back problems with a few common-sense measures.

Take action:
When standing: Maintain a neutral pelvic position, and avoid rounding your back. Avoid hunching your shoulders and tensing your neck when you are stressed. Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes – high heels put pressure on your lower back. When sitting: Use a seat with good lower back support. Keep your knees and hips level. When lifting: Hold the load close to your body, keep your back straight and bend at the knees. Let your legs take most of the strain. Avoid lifting and twisting simultaneously.


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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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