We know you have low-back pain. A whopping 80 percent of all Americans do at some time or other. And if you're active, your chances of low-back pain are even greater because exercise, especially if you have a desk job, increases the likelihood of aches and pains in your lower lumber. Adding to the injustice is that few traditional treatments cure back pains. Studies show over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen and Tylenol are ineffective, often only temporarily relieving symptoms, while seeing a chiropractor hasn't been shown to provide permanent relief. What to do? Here are five things experts say can prevent and treat low-back pain.
Get up off that seat.
Here's a shocker: Prolonged sitting is bad for your health – and bad for your back, thanks to too much spinal flexion. Counter the effect by standing every 20 to 30 minutes while at work or lounging at home. To help remind yourself, McGill recommends standing every time the phone rings, you get new email, or a commercial comes on while you're watching TV at home. Then, several times a day, stand up, push your hands toward the ceiling, and inhale fully and deeply for 30 seconds. The exercise will help stretch your lower back and "reset its stress clock," says McGill.
Credit: Getty Images