Back Pain

Updated 25 January 2017

Pain in the back?

The South African Society of Physiotherapy has advice on how to protect your back.

Most South Africans will experience back pain at some point in their lives – a situation that’s costing the country billions a year. The South African Society of Physiotherapy has advice on how to protect your back.

Take action:

Develop good posture; maintain your ideal body weight; reduce your stress levels; stay active, fit and flexible; ensure good ‘core stability’ by means of exercises – Pilates, isometrics, yoga and similar disciplines are specifically geared at stretching and developing core strength; avoid long periods of sitting; ensure an ergonomically sound workstation set-up; and lift heavy objects carefully and correctly.


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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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