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Our top tips for avoiding the debilitating effects of back pain

  • If you have back pain, see the osteopath sooner rather than later
  • Take regular exercise - your osteopath can say what's right for you
  • Hours in one position can cause problems - avoid 'computer hump'
  • During repetitive tasks, vary your rhythm and take frequent breaks
  • Adjust car seats and, on long journeys, take regular breaks to stretch
  • Pace yourself with heavy work like gardening - don't 'risk a disc'
  • Watch children's posture - they shouldn't carry bags on one shoulder
  • During pregnancy, see an osteopath to help your body adjust to changes
  • Avoid strain when lifting (particularly small children and shopping)
  • If symptoms do not clear up within a few days, consult your osteopath for advice and treatment
  • If it hurts, don't do it!

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