Slide show: Prevent back pain with good posture
The spine showing cervical, thoracic and lumbar curves
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A healthy back has three natural curves:

  • An inward or forward curve at the neck (cervical curve)
  • An outward or backward curve at the upper back (thoracic curve)
  • An inward curve at the lower back (lumbar curve)

Good posture helps maintain these natural curves, while poor posture does the opposite — which can stress muscles, ligaments or bones.

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