If you suffer from lower back pain take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. In fact, 80% of adults experience lower back pain at some stage in their life, whether it’s caused by lifting heavy objects, remaining seated for too long, or if it develops over time due to age-related changes in the spine.
While getting off the couch and onto the treadmill isn’t always easy, new research suggests exercise is one of the best ways to reduce lower back pain. According to the research, exercise and increased awareness of the causes of lower back pain are the best ways to tackle the painful ailment. This doesn’t mean you have to start training for a marathon or lifting heavy weights, though, simply committing to a little moderate exercise every day can go a long way towards strengthening your back and relieving the pain.
If you find yourself sitting down for long periods throughout the day make sure you get up once an hour and walk around for a few minutes. At night time, you can help relieve the pain by sleeping with a pillow tucked between your legs. This gives your lower back the support it needs while you sleep. While these suggestions will not cure lower back pain, they can go a long way towards helping to relieve the pain you’re suffering from day to day.
The study also found that other treatments like “back belts and shoe inserts do not appear to be associated with the prevention of low back pain”.