Claude Hamonet

Preventing and Healing Backache Publication date : October 11, 2007

Eight out of ten people will suffer from backache at least once in their lifetime. Although backaches have numerous causes, most of them can be prevented with a minimum of vigilance.

Most of us spend a third of our time lying down, a third sitting and a third standing.

The author describes how to sit properly in different types of seats, how to stand and how to sleep in the best positions. He explains what should be done in a variety of day-to-day situations — at home, at school, in an office. He also tells us how to practise the sports we enjoy so as to obtain the most benefit.

The straightforward tips described here can be learned easily and should soon become automatic.

Included here are seven essential but simple exercises for a pain-free back, and a number of suggestions outlining what to do — and what not to do — to treat backache.

Professor Claude Hamonet is the director of the department of physical medicine and physiotherapy at Hôpital Henri Mondor, in Créteil, in the Paris suburbs.