Back pain is most common between the ages of 35 and 55 and is a major cause of sickness absence from work. However with the help of this book - and in as little as two weeks - you can improve your posture, strengthen your muscles and relieve discomfort. In this essential guide Stella Weller explains the different types of back pain and their causes and how to treat and manage acute and persistent back pain safely. It helps you plan a programme that is right for you with a series of simple but effective step-by-step exercises based on Pilates, yoga and Alexander Technique, and learn the best ways to bend and lift. Also included are top tips for the home, office and travelling and answers to common queries and concerns.