Did you know that an estimated 4 million Australians have back problems?90% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives, so it is possible that you or someone you know will suffer from this one day.

Several factors can contribute to low back pain, including poor posture, excessive sitting, lack of exercise, using incorrect lifting techniques and much more. Taking care of your spinal health allows you to participate in the healthiest life possible, both physically and mentally.

Your pelvis is the broadest structure in your back. It is the foundation for the rest of your body. If your spine has compensated and moved your centre of gravity away from your pelvis, it may put more stress on the much smaller vertebrae in your spine. This may then lead to greater wear in these areas, coping with greater stress than they are designed to bear. While pain relief and anti-inflammatories may seem to decrease your pain levels, they are simply masking an underlying problem which should be fixed.

The good news is that your chiropractor may offer you a drug free alternative to not only help alleviate pain but promote a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

What can you do to prevent your lower back pain from returning?

· Strengthen your core so that you have more support for your lower back when you try to do heavier tasks

· Have your spine checked by a chiropractor

· Have your work station ergonomically assessed

· Start moving: exercise such as walking and swimming are a great start

· Limit the time you wear high heels

· Maintain proper posture