According to the National Institutes of Health, about one-fourth of U.S. adults experience at least one day of back pain in a three-month period. It is one of our society’s most common medical problems.
A good place to start with preventing back pain is through regular exercise, weight management, and, if you smoke — quit. Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program or changing your physical activity.
You might think that the people who do heavy lifting on the job are most likely to suffer from back problems. But back pain is actually as common among workers who sit for a long time each day.
If your job demands sitting for a long period of time each day, there are things you can do to that may prevent back pain.
Start with a good chair
Your chair should be a quality swivel chair that lets you work without constantly twisting your back. It should have an adjustable seat, back rest and arm rests. It should have good support for your lower back, or lumbar area. A pillow or rolled-up towel can provide more lumbar support. A chair with a seat that tilts forward is particularly helpful.
When sitting, your thighs should be parallel to the floor. Your knees should be about even with your hips.
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A cold and blustery weekend is ahead across the United Kingdom as some areas can expect to get wintry showers.
Following record warmth with light winds from this past week, temperatures are forecast to throttle back, but Santa Ana winds are likely to kick up on a couple of occasions during the last week of November.
Christmas tree-related fires are rare, but according to the National Fire Protection Association, they are much more likely to be deadly than most other fires.
A storm brought hazardous weather on Thursday, but improvement is expected for search and rescue efforts from Friday into this weekend.
Strong winds led to injuries in Manhattan this week after scaffolding went flying, while a tornado damaged hundreds of homes in Indonesia.
After a brief reprieve from the storm onslaught, a batch of rain, wind and snow will sweep through the Pacific Northwest and California late this weekend.
While several crucial matchups are scheduled for this weekend, including the game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles, the weather should not interfere with many of the games.
A change in the weather pattern will result in downpours returning to Sri Lanka and parts of southern India as early as Saturday and continuing for much of next week.