I forgot to mention, I have had a bad back. I have had a bad back, on and off, for nearly 4 years. Pain in the lower back, left or right, pain in the hamstring and pain in the calf were all related. Without wanting to tempt fate, as I sit here today, I have no back pain. I have gone through many different types of treatment, with varying costs and results but, one simple action has almost certainly helped cure my back problem and it didn't cost a penny. I have seen a sports masseur, a doctor, a physiotherapist, a chiropractor and a health club masseur. Some helped, some didn't, what doesn't work for me might work for you. Even if you are able to follow my tip, you still may need corrective treatment. Costs vary, the Chiropractor set me back £38 for 20 minutes treatment, good value if it works. The sports massuer was better value at £20 for half an hour, he was a brutal but i did see massive improvements. The doctor was free but sadly was no help, as he claimed my back problem was untreatable and if it got worse he could give some pain relief, at best. A few weeks ago, i visited a different sort of chiropractic surgery, McTimoneys. McTimoneys Chiropractic is a straight forward method of adjusting the bones of your body to improve the alignment of your skeleton, and through this process help the nervous system to work more efficiently. The purpose of chiropractic care is to realign and re-balance your body to relieve pain and discomfort, and increase mobility. They also treat animals, which is helpful, as i have often been called a donkey whilst playing hockey and cricket. The treatment starts with a 2 hour assessment, followed a week later with the required treatment. It is less painful than the sports massage and the other form of chiropractic treatments. If you have a monitored, final year student it is cheaper too. I have been for 3 weeks and i now have no pain. I am back playing tennis, hockey, cricket, with no real pains to mention, other than the hockey stick to my mouth a few weeks ago. I would recomend anyone with a back problem to go and visit a McTimoneys centre, to see if it helps them but, what about the free advice. Oh yes, i nearly forgot. Where do you keep your wallet? Most people keep a wallet, laden with cards, credit, debit and loyalty, in their back pocket. It was pointed out to me, that I had a wallet nearly 25mm thick (without money in it), which was causing an imbalance in my hips. This then had consequences throughout my back and resulted in various pain as already mentioned. So, before you start paying for treatments, have a look at whats in your pockets, it could save you a mint and reduce your pains.