Sure, you could pop some ibuprofen. Of course, you could get a massage. Maybe you could even see your chiro more regularly. But dealing with back pain may actually be as simple as standing up from your desk chair, couch, or driver's seat every few hours.
Dr. Michael Schafer, who will present his research at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons conference this weekend, says being sedentary takes its toll on the back. This is especially an issue who for those people who sit in front of a computer all day. Even if your job or daytime hours are active, spending hours each evening planted in front of the television or hunched over the laptop can't be serving your back well.
Pain could be prevented, however, by standing to take breaks rather than staying seated.
"If people would get up and move around for 30- to 40-minute intervals, they'd wind up buying themselves a lot of time. With sitting, you put more stress on your spine than if you're walking or standing," Schafer notes.Read More »from One simple solution to prevent back pain, 10 little changes to put it to work