Statistics show that back pain affects almost 80% of Australian people at some point in their lives. One of the major causes is sleeping on the wrong bed. That is a bed that fails to give correctchiropractic and orthopaedic back support.

1.  Maintain a healthy weight to reduce the load on your spine and back muscles.

Exercise by walking or swimming regularly
Watch your posture; try not to slouch or slump
Stretch regularly to reduce stiffness and increase mobility

2.  Place a support in the small of your back when driving or sitting at a desk.

A static posture normally increases back stress and pressure. Sloching can overstretch the spinal ligaments and strain the discs and surrounding structures in the spine.

3.  Be careful when lifting; make sure the load is not too heavy or too large.

Think before you lift, keep the load close to the waist, adopt a stable position and ensure a good hold on the load.

A slight bending of the back, hips and knees at the start of the lift is preferable to either fully flexing the back (stooping) or fully flexing the hips and knees – in other words, fully squatting.

Don't twist, keep your head up and move smoothly. Don't lift or handle more than you can easily manage. Put the load down and then adjust.

4.  Keep moving, even if you have an episode of back pain.

Movement is the most overlooked way to manage pain; limiting your movements can actually slow recovery.

5.  Consider whether your bed is providing the support you need at night.

You might need a 'better bed'?