About 15 years ago, I prolapsed 2 lower discs in my back. After a few months, I managed to get up and about and to this date, avoided an operation. If I lean or stretch, I suffer the next day. So, thinking ahead when I'm working, all is good (ish). With age, early 50's, sitting down even for short periods of time, back seizes up and it takes a minute or so to loosen up. So my question is, has anyone been in the same boat and either used a back support or some treatment that helped? What it is, I was lead to believe using supports on backs, legs, arms etc.. they don't allow the muscles to strengthen. I just wondered if a back support is detrimental in the long run.