1. Set aside a special time each day for complete mental and physical
relaxation. This is important in the restoration as well as maintenance
of normal health.
2. When sitting, choose a chair that has adequate firmness to hold your weight
comfortably, and then sit straight. Avoid too soft, overstuffed chairs.
Recliner chairs are acceptable if they are constructed so that when you are
reclining your back is in a normal straight position.
3. Cross your legs only at the ankles, not at the knees. Crossing your legs at
the knees could aggravate an existing back condition as well as interfere
with circulation to the lower limbs.
4. Be sure to get plenty of sleep to allow your body to recuperate and repair.
5. Sleep on a firm mattress, preferably one which is neither too hard nor too
soft, but just firm enough to hold your body level while at the same time
soft enough so that your shoulders, buttocks, etc... will depress into
6. Your pillow should be neither too high nor too low. The ideal pillow
is one which supports your head so that your neck vertebrae will be level with the
rest of your spine. Avoid sleeping on two pillows, never lie on a
couch with your head on the arm rest.