Sunday, February 22, 2009

Exercise Best for Preventing Back Pain

What's the best method for preventing back pain? Contrary to what you might believe, buying that new ergonomic computer chair won't do it. In fact, sitting isn't going to help your back pain one bit. The most effective method to reduce episodes of low back pain is simply, exercise.

A review of the literature for high-quality scientific trials published in the February issue of The Spine Journal, found that exercise in the community and the workplace was the most effective way to prevent episodes of back problems.

Exercise was more effective than other, more passive measures such as shoe inserts, lumbar supports and ergonomic interventions.

The new review does not suggest that ergonomic interventions be discarded, as they continue to provide a more comfortable work environment.

Information on the review can be found at the University of Washington News site.

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