Improper posture may put too much stress on your back and neck and
lead to discomfort and damage. The key to good back posture is to keep the
right amount of curve in your lower back. Too much curve (swayback) or too
little curve (flat back) can result in problems. The right amount of curve is
called the neutral position.
Proper posture will not guarantee a pain-free back or neck, but it
may reduce your risk for back and neck pain.
People living with serious back pain have to sort through a lot of mixed messages about opioid -- or narcotic -- painkillers.
On the one hand, you've heard stories about the seeming epidemic of addiction to these drugs, like OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin. All those celebrities checking into rehab for painkiller addiction may give you the impression that the lure of these drugs is irresistible, that we're all just a few pills away from addiction.
But on the other hand, you might have heard that...