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.
Use a dynamic lumbar support.
You probably can't avoid sitting. But you can lessen the strain of sitting by using a specifically designed lumbar support. This doesn't mean getting a little cushion you toss behind your back. McGill says that, for a lumbar support to be effective, it needs to be dynamic, or change shape, so that it continually shifts your posture and the load on your spine. McGill sells proprietary lumbar supports with inflatable air bladders – check them out at backfitpro.com; they're also available at many other online retailers. Additionally, you can also find dynamic back supports at some massage stores and sports rehab clinics.
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