For many people back pain can be prevented or managed with appropriate lifestyle changes and care. It is never too late or too early to take steps to improve spinal health. Changing habits and improving lifestyle can help prevent chronic back problems and may also address other health issues.

STAY ACTIVE: Traditionally bed rest was seen as the best treatment for back pain but now we know that this is not an effective approach. People with chronic back problems may find it difficult to exercise but they should try to remain as active as possible. Staying active is one of the most important things to do to strengthen your spine, reduce the severity of chronic pain symptoms and improve overall well being.

LIFESTYLE: Poor posture increases pressure on your spine and can cause tension, soreness, headache, fatigue, and back pain. Correcting posture keeps the body in its best shape and natural position. This may reduce wear on joints, relieve stress and improve overall health.