Traveling or just under stress, holiday period is perfect time to lighten your load
SATURDAY, Nov. 24 (HealthDay News) -- A 10-step plan to help you reduce body stress and prevent back pain, especially during the demanding holiday season, is outlined by the U.S. National Athletic Trainers' Association.
"The human body is an incredible machine that adapts to the stresses we give it every day. Stresses such as poor posture, unusual movement or activities, or even a sedentary lifestyle can lead to poor mechanics and pain. Disability from back pain is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost work time," certified athletic trainer Darrell Barnes of the St. Vincent Sports Performance Center in Indianapolis, Ind., said in a prepared statement.
Back pain affects 80 percent of adults at some point in their lives, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Each year, Americans pay about $24 billion for treatment of back pain, limited mobility and stiffness.
Here are 10 things you can do to prevent and reduce back pain:
The U.S. National Institutes of Health offers back pain prevention advice.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: National Athletic Trainers' Association, news release, November 2007
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