Cabella Lowe, professional head of physiotherapy at Nuffield Health, stressed the importance of being “gentle” when a person is suffering with a bad back. Ms Lowe explains that those afflicted should ease themselves into treatment by having a hot bath to relieve the pain and take the sort of painkillers that they would normally take for a headache. At a time of year when many people are out and about in the garden carrying out day-to-day tasks, the expert believes that not over-doing it is vital to ensure a healthy back. “That pain [from working outside] should really subside quite quickly over a day or so. It’s key to keep active – you don’t need to rest back pain like that, you just need to keep pottering about really,” Ms Lowe added. ]]>