Backache is a surprisingly common condition that often requires complete bed rest. This affects both the individual sufferer, and the country as a whole – working days lost due to back pain damage the British economy by an estimated £12.3 billion a year. Men are more likely to suffer back pain than women but both sexes can benefit from a variety of self-help measures and professional treatment. 

Some people choose to lie on the floor with a pillow under their knees while watching TV, while others invest in an orthopaedic mattress for their bed. Chiropractic treatment is another option, and offers an evidence-based approach to acute and chronic back pain.