Weak muscles are often at the root of back pain, especially lower back pain. The muscles of the back, the abdomen, and the buttocks all support the spine - these muscles are called the core muscles.

Muscles are the spine's main defence against gravity. By strengthening the muscles that support the spine with exercises, can prevent, reduce and in some cases eliminate back pain.

Strong abdominal muscles (especially the deep abs) are as crucial as strong back muscles for supporting the lower back and preventing lower back pain. Strong quadriceps (front of thigh muscles) is important to prevent back injuries when lifting. Proper lifting techniques involve using your legs and if your legs are weak, you may end up using your back.

If you are suffering from an episode of acute back pain, start with the appropriate exercises as soon as you can move without too much pain - probably about a day after the attack began. You will need to strengthen and finally stretch.

Exercises such as, the pelvic tilt, back extensions, leg raises and planks are all good core exercises. Swimming, Aerobics, Pilates and Yoga are all good examples of exercises that will also help you with back pain.