Physical Therapy[edit | edit source]
Home Exercises and Stretching[edit | edit source]
A highly recommended book to start with is Robin McKenzie's "7 Steps to a Pain-Free Life: How to Rapidly Relieve Back and Neck Pain". These exercises don't help everybody, but for a sizable portion of the population they do a great deal of good.
Also, consult Pete Egoscue's "Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain". You can also receive expert advice from Postural Restoration Therapists and Posture Alignment Specialists (PAS). See egoscueuniversity.com and posturalrestoration.com
Other Behavior Modifications[edit | edit source]
Many people with lower back pain find that bad posture while sitting contributes to their pain. A good chair can help alleviate this problem, but a cheaper and more universal solution is a lumbar support roll. These come in many forms, from the home-made to professionally designed solutions sold in most back-pain stores.
A lumbar roll is placed just above the belt line, while sitting up straight in a normal chair. It causes your spine to bend forward in the same way it should naturally, but is often lost with age.
Two easy home alternatives to a lumbar roll is a roll of paper towels (Small sizes work best) or a rolled up towel.