Your back hurts. Obviously you want to fix it. But many of us put up with pain because we're "too busy" to look after our backs and help them heal. Some of us have developed back problems over many years and it will take time to undo the damage.
But how many of the following ring true? How much is your back pain affecting you?
A good back is a fabulous, life-affirming thing. If you haven't read the section on "good backs" and what they are, now would be a good time.
Many parents, particularly women, suffer from back pain. Giving birth, the non-stop nature of parenthood and all the lifting and carrying can be a huge challenge if you also suffer from back pain. Perhaps you're a Dad, wanting to rough and tumble with your kids without having to worry about your back. To enjoy your children and give them the attention and experiences of being engaged with physically, sort out your back and do it quickly! The range of gentle exercises on this website are suitable for pregnant and nursing women as well as Dads and others with sensitive backs.
Is your back affecting your ability to run your own business? You left the rat race to seek greater freedom and self-expression and now your back is preventing you achieving your goals. It kills your soul, doesn't it?
Perhaps you've been injured at work and you suffer with chronic back pain. Or you haven't been injured but you're getting more and more backache. You're worried about your work.
You don't go swimming, caving, running, backpacking, play football, dance or go on rollercoasters any more.
Perhaps you or your partner has chronic back pain, and you're getting frustrated about some of the following things:
Back pain and depression often go hand in hand. If you're in pain, everything's harder and more frustrating. It begins to affect your sense of self-worth
This one speaks for itself, doesn't it? You can't be bothered doing things you used to enjoy. This is a classic symptom of low-level back pain: your back doesn't hurt badly, but some things are uncomfortable enough to be no fun, or they feel heavy and full of effort. As the pain has increased very slowly, all you're aware of is that you can't be bothered. If asked, you might not say your back was painful.