Back and neck problems are very common thanks to bad posture, minor injuries from bending or lifting incorrectly, and the tension that comes with stress. Back and neck pain can often be relieved by staying active, taking painkillers and using hot and cold compresses, but severe or prolonged pain should be discussed with your doctor.
You can avoid back and neck strain by taking care of your spine. Good posture is essential, whether you are standing or sitting. It is also important to lift heavy objects carefully, using your knees rather than your back, and to take frequent breaks to move around if you are sitting at a desk all day. Regular exercise, particularly swimming, walking and yoga, can also help keep your back strong and flexible. Sleeping comfortably is important too. A firm mattress is usually best for your back, while your neck should be supported by a low, firm pillow that holds your head level with your body.
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