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Walking may help ease lower back pain 

March 6, 2013

When it comes to muscle aches, one of the most common areas of the body where people are likely to experience this pain is in the back. Lower back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting eight out of every 10 people at some point during their lives, according to the National Institutes of Health. While surgery or specialized physical therapy is sometimes required to address this problem, a recent study suggests that there may be a more natural way to relieve back pain. 

According to researchers from the University of Tel Aviv, a simple aerobic walking program may be just as effective at relieving lower back pain as muscle strengthening programs that require specialized equipment and spending hours in rehabilitation clinics. The scientists examined 52 patients who reported experiencing lower back pain. Half of them underwent a muscle strengthening program with two to three exercise sessions a week for six weeks, while the other simply walked two to three times a week for 20 to 40 minutes. 

The researchers discovered that both groups experienced significant improvements, suggesting that the simple walking program may be just as effective as the complicated muscle strengthening program that requires people to go into a clinic. 

Along with walking, there are other natural ways to relieve back pain. For example, WebMD recommends that people sleep on their sides with a pillow between their legs to keep the spine in a neutral position. Individuals can also try rotating between days of using cold packs and days using hot ones in order to improve the discomfort that they may be experiencing in their backs. Other than that, people should ask their doctor for ways to help ease their back pain without using the help of medications. 


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