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How to stop low back pain coming back

If you've had low back pain once, then it may happen again. Unfortunately there is no magic bullet to totally stop it from happening again, but there are two simple measures that can help to reduce the rate and impact of any future back pain.

1. Keep active

It doesn't matter what exercise you do, just do something you enjoy. Research shows that doing strengthening exercises specifically for your spine and abdomen doesn't prevent back pain, but regular general exercise and activity can.

2. Do 10 modified push-ups twice a day

Modified push-up

Repeat this exercise 10 times. Do it every day.

Other measures to help prevent back pain

If your low back pain does come back and then doesn't go away within one to two days, make an appointment to see your GP, chiropractor, osteopath, or physiotherapist.

On the next page: Other causes of low back pain

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by Canterbury Initiative low back pain workgroup. Last reviewed March 2017.


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