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Preventing low back pain

Me pēhea e karo i te hokinga mai a te mamae ā-tuarā o raro

Low back pain is very common and if you've had it once, it may happen again. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet to totally prevent it. 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 once or 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 doesn't go away within one to two days, make an appointment to see your GP, chiropractor, osteopath, or physiotherapist.

On the next page: Self-care for low back pain

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed May 2022.


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