Protect your back while sitting.
Standing posture is also important. For most people, good posture means that when you stand, your ears, shoulders, hips,
and knees should be in line with one another.
Try different sleeping positions that protect your back. If you sleep on your side, try putting
a pillow between your knees. If you sleep on your back, use a pillow under your
knees. You can also try rolling up a small towel and using it to support your
Wear low-heeled shoes.
Stay at a healthy
weight to avoid excess strain on your lower back. For more information, see the
If you're a smoker,
quit. Smoking increases your risk of bone loss (osteoporosis)
and increases your sensitivity to pain. Smoking also interferes with blood
circulation by tightening the arteries, which makes it harder for blood to
flow, and by decreasing the amount of oxygen the red blood cells can carry.
Spinal discs don't have their own blood supply, but they receive nutrition in part
from the blood supply to the vertebral bones above and below them. Decreased
circulation may increase the speed of degeneration and/or slow the healing of
the discs. For more information on how to quit, see the topic