Back pain can make how you go about your day-to-day life very difficult. Sitting at a desk all day and lifting heavy objects can prove challenging.
The pain will usually improve within a few weeks or months, but your first port of call should be to see your GP, who can examine whether it is anything more serious and can advise not he best possible treatment.
Many experts recommend simple exercises and stretches you can do at home to help ease the pain.
Joint experts, Arthritis Research UK, recommends five exercises, which it says you should start gently and increase gradually. You should also not try to push hard to get rid of pain.
Hugging knees to chest
It explains: “Lying on your back with bent knees, lift one leg and hold on to it with one hand and then lift and hold the other leg.
“Pull both knees gently closer to your chest, hold for a count of five, then relax your arms but don’t let go completely. Repeat the hug and relax.
“Some people prefer to hug one knee at a time.”
It says: “Lying on your back with your knees bent, lift one knee and hold your thigh with both hands behind the knee.
“Gently straighten the knee that you are holding and hold for a count of five. Repeat with the opposite leg.”
It instructs: “Lie on your front on a firm surface, with your hands under your shoulders, palms down. Look up and push up, lifting your head and shoulders up with your arms.
“Keep your hips on the floor. Hold for a count of five and then gently lower yourself back down. To start with, you may not be able to lift your shoulders far.
“As you become more flexible, work towards trying to straighten your arms, still keeping your hips on the floor.”
It says: “Lying on your back with bent knees, let your knees roll to one side, keeping your knees and feet together.
“Stay to one side for a count of five and then roll to the other side.”
Arching and hollowing
It explains: “Start on all fours, hands under shoulders, knees under hips.
“Arch your back upwards, letting your head drop, and hold for a count of five.
“Then reverse this posture: lifting your head and looking up, relax your tummy
and stick your behind out, holding for a count of five.”
When you start doing these exercises you may feel a little discomfort, particularly if you haven’t been active for some time.
But the research charity recommends: “Try each exercise in turn and find out how many times you can repeat it without feeling extra discomfort the following day.
“If you are not sure, try each one five to 10 times to start with. As your back gets used to the new exercise, you should gradually increase the number of times you do the exercise.
“If you are lucky, you may find a particular exercise eases your pain. If so, you should do more of this exercise and can use it as ‘first aid’.”