How to maintain a healthy back

What can we do to help maintain a healthy back?

1. Regular exercise and stretching

2. Maintain a healthy weight

A healthy diet and stopping smoking is beneficial to your health in so many ways.

3. Sleep on a good, relatively firm mattress

A mattress with the right balance of softness and firmness can support your back and improve your quality of sleep as well. Just like Goldilocks, it's worth trying a few out and find one that is right for you. We spend over a third of our lives in bed so it really is worth getting right.

4. Try to sleep on your side

This is the best sleeping position for your back, with a pillow between your knees if needed.

5. Adopt a good posture

If sat at a desk for long periods, have a good supportive chair, sit up straight and have your feet flat on the floor. Sitting hunched at a desk puts strain on your back.

6. Wear good shoes with low heels and good arch supports

7. Avoid heavy lifting

If you have to lift a heavy item, make sure you:

  • Lift with a straight back and bend from your knees
  • Keep your feet flat on the floor shoulder width apart
  • Ask for help where ever possible.