Back pain is one of the most common conditions known to man. It affects nearly everyone at some time in their lives and 40% of people will have had it within the last year, with around 5% of sufferers having taken time off work within the last month. When is long term, it causes a great dealof distress and unhappiness as it affects people's work life, income, home life, relationships, fitness and mood.This book is aimed at people who want to help themselves. It has clear succinct chapters giving advice about every aspect of managing back pain as well as answering frequently asked questions from sufferers. A key element is empowerment through a thorough understanding of why back pain starts andwhy it persists. There are chapters promoting stretching, exercise, relaxation, communication, advice on sexual relations and considerable emphasis on helping with thoughts and feelings.