It's best to avoid prolonged standing if at all possible as it can strain the back. However, if you do have to stand for a lengthy measure, here are a few tips to help you reduce stress on the spine.

  • Prop one foot on a small stool or telephone book and alternate with the other foot every 20 minutes or so.
  • With your knees slightly bent, bend over and touch your toes every half an hour.
  • At regular intervals, perform some basic stretching exercises to loosen muscles and joints.