The Nine Most Common Sources of It and Natural Steps to Remedy It
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Back pain is extremely common, with four out of five adults facing it at least once during their lives, according to the Mayo Clinic.
And a nationwide phone survey of over 1,200 Americans, sponsored by Stanford University Medical Center, ABC News and USA Today, found that back pain was the most common type of pain reported (followed by knee and shoulder pain, joint pain and headaches).
Because your back is part of your body's core muscles, and is necessary for nearly every movement you make, it's also very vulnerable to injury. In fact, most back pain is caused by overusing, straining or injuring the muscles, ligaments and disks that support your spine.
Back pain, therefore, commonly results from:
Sitting at a desk all day
Lifting something heavy improperly
A sudden, awkward movement (such as from sneezing)
Sleeping on an uncomfortable, or unsupportive, mattress, or in an awkward position
Carrying around a heavy handbag or backpack
Relieving Back Pain Naturally
Surveys have found that more than half of Americans are suffering from physical pain that leads to stress and irritability, and has a negative impact on their personal relationships, work productivity and daily routine.
Fortunately, there are many natural tools within your reach that can help you relieve back pain and support a healthy spine.
"Endorphins are the body's natural pain-relieving chemicals that in many cases are more powerful than morphine," says Edward Laskowski, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and co-director of the Sports Medicine Center at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
One of the safest, low-risk things you can do to lower your risk of inflammation is to modify your lifestyle and dietary choices. This means eating a variety of anti-inflammatory foods (fruits and vegetables), limiting or avoiding all together the pro-inflammatory foods (highly processed foods, high-sugar foods, trans fats, etc.), exercising and quitting smoking (if you do).