Use a hard
chair and put your spine up against it; try and
keep one or both knees higher thatn your hips. A
small stool is helpful here. For short rest
periods, a contour chair offers excellent
Try to stand
with your lower back flat. When you work
standing up, use a footrest to help relieve
swayback. Never lean forward without bending
your knees. Ladies take note: shoes with
moderate heels strain the back less than those
with high heels. Avoid platform shoes.
Sleep on a firm
mattress:put a bedboard (3/4" plywood) under a
soft mattress. Do not sleep on your stomach. If
you sleep on your back, put a pillow under your
knees. If you sleep on your side, keep your legs
bent at the knees and at the hips.
Get a hard seat
for your automobile and sit close enough to the
wheel while driving so that your legs are not
fully extended when you work the pedals.
Make sure you
lift properly. Bend your knees and use your leg
muscles to lift. Avoid sudden movements. Keep
the load close to your body and try not to lift
anything havy higher than your waist.
yourself. If you can, change from one job to
another before you feel fatigued. If you work at
a desk all day, get up and move around whenever
you get the chance.
exercise (walking, swimming, etc.) once your
backache is gone. But start slowly to give your
muscles a chance to warm up and loosen before
attempting anything strenous.