Quitting smoking. Nicotine and
other toxins from tobacco smoke can be harmful to your body in many ways.
Nicotine can harm the discs in your back because it lowers the ability of the
discs to absorb the nutrients they need to stay healthy and it may cause them
to become dry and brittle. For information on quitting smoking, see the topic
Practicing good posture.
To reduce the stress that improper posture puts on your back:
Sit in the neutral position, using a small pillow or rolled towel to support your lower
back if your chair doesn't give enough support.
Keep your back in
the neutral position while sleeping, with techniques such
as using a towel roll to support your lower back or placing a pillow under your
knees when sleeping on your back. See pictures of