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July 11, 2005

Tips For Keeping Back Pain At Bay

Back pain can affect up to 95% of the population at any time in their life. Causes such as over-exertion are typically blamed, but in reality, it may be everyday usage patterns and a sedentary lifestyle that are more likely the culprit.

Some tips for preventing back pain:
Posture: Avoid hunching over, especially when using a computer, driving and watching TV.
Repetitive movements: Break up any repetitive activity at least once an hour by exercising to avoid tiring your body.
Warm up, cool down: Prepare for exercise by warming up properly with five to ten minutes of jogging or fast walking to work up a slight sweat.
New activities: Start new activities like DIY or gardening slowly and take plenty of breaks.

And if you've got back or neck pain? Stay active: Research shows that resting in bed for more than 24 hours makes matters worse.

Posted by linda at July 11, 2005 8:38 AM

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