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Harvard tips to reduce lower back pain

Millions suffer

Over 840 million people worldwide will suffer back pain by 2050, largely due to population increase and the ageing people, according to a modelling study published in the Lancet Rheumatology journal.

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The factors

At least one third of the disability burden associated with backpain was attributable to occupational factors, smoking and being overweight.

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Harvard to the rescue

Harvard Health Publishing, a subsidiary of Harvard University, has shared tips on how to reduce lower back pain. However, it also suggested that evidence is limited.

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Cold and hot compress

Immediately after your pain has started, use a cold compress to soothe it. About 48 hours later, use heat pads as the warmth soothes and relaxes aching muscles and increases blood flow.

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Limited bed rest

Contrary to popular belief, bed rest may not help. Doctors now know it's better to keep moving, so that your muscles don't become stiff. If required, limit bed rest to 2-3 days.

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Physical activity

"Exercise helps build strong, flexible muscles that will be less prone to injury. It can also help the healing process for an aching back, prevent problems in the future, and improve function," the Harvard blog says.

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In this therapy, professionals insert hair-thin sterilized needles into precise points in the body to release blocked energy.

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Movement therapies

Movement therapies such as yoga and tai chi can help stretch and strengthen back muscles.

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Spinal manipulation

In this therapy, chiropractors apply pressure directly to the body to correct spinal alignment.

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