back pain

Beat Back Pain

An excellent book, written by a British General Practitioner, which is easy to read, well laid out, and full of helpful ideas.

In Beat Back Pain Dr Ruth Chambers explains 52 brilliant ideas that can help sufferers overcome the agony of back pain and sciatica, and make everyday tasks more manageable and pain-free.

BMA Bad Back Book

The British Medical Association’s Bad Back Book covers all practical aspects of back care from diagnosis and treatment to exercises and pain relief.

Illustrated step-by-step exercises help you address your back and neck pain, alongside carefully planned strategies to stop injuries recurring. Simple, clear diagrams show the anatomy of your back and neck and specialised sections deal with back pain in specific scenarios such as home, work, driving and gardening. Includes advice on where to seek help and how to get the best results from rehabilitation.

Difflam Cream

Anti-inflammatory cream which is good for musculoskeletal aches and pains, and which does not smell like a rugby changing room!

Handy Reacher

The Aidapt Handy Reacher is an excellent product to help reach those out of the way items and pick up difficult bits and pieces from low down. It features an improved gripping claw and comfortable handle.

It is 89cm (35”) long and is suitable for left- or right-handed use.

Lifting Manikin

This model graphically illustrates the effect on the spine of bad lifting posture. The figure will raise a weight from either of two clearly marked positions.

If the correct posture is used, the spine is not distorted. The incorrect posture causes obvious distortion to the spine.

The base incorporates anatomical illustrations and is supplied with an informative booklet.

Treat your own back

Treat your own Back by Robin McKenzie explains the causes of, and treatments for, back pain and presents step-by-step exercises to relieve pain and prevent recurrence.

Treating your Back & Neck Pain

One of the popular For Dummies series, this book includes a wide range of pain-alleviating exercises to practise at home.

Written by Dr Loïc Burn, a specialist in musculo-skeletal medicine and a vice president of BackCare.

Understanding Back Pain

Most of us suffer from backache at some time or other. Usually it is an unpleasant, awkward but not desperately serious problem caused by some kind of mechanical stress or damage within the back which gets better fairly quickly.

This book aims to show you how the back works, what goes wrong, why back problems arise, and how they are treated, and to give some indication of when further investigations and specialist help are necessary.

Backache is remarkably common. At any one time some 30 to 40 per cent of the population have backache and between 80 and 90 per cent of people experience it at some time in their lives. It affects both sexes and all ages from children to elderly people, but is most prevalent in the middle years.