Back pain is a common problem here in the UK, with many people failing to take action to combat the symptoms.

However, Adam Dallison, registered osteopath and inventor of PosturePlast, revealed that there are all sorts of treatments available and many of them are easily accessible.

He explained: "Most people's first port of call is the GP, who generally will give gentle movement and pain killers. If the pain persists a GP can refer the patient for NHS physiotherapy."

If you'd rather receive treatment in the private sector, then Mr Dallison says that physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractors are all available.

All of these are regulated therapies, although only osteopaths and chiropractors are generally able to carry out spinal manipulation.

If seeking advice from a medical practitioner doesn't quite appeal, then Mr Dallison recommends gaining clinical assistance via the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which acts on behalf of the government.

It advises against the use of a TENS machine, as well as traditional lumbar support belts, ultrasounds and heat patches.

The expert pointed out that paracetamol and ibuprofen can be effective at reducing low-level pain, but heading to bed is often not a good idea.

Back pain sufferers will benefit from keeping moving, rather than getting into bed at the first sign of discomfort.

A prominent cause of back pain is choosing the wrong mattress, which is worth giving some consideration the next time you're in a bed showroom.

If a mattress doesn't offer you the right level of support, then it can lead to poor sleeping posture and therefore strained muscles and misalignment of the spine.

Memory foam mattresses can often be a good choice, as they are able to provide the necessary support while also shaping to the contours of the body.

Posted by Michael Ewing

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