DENVER — Whether you spend long hours in front of a computer at work, or find yourself always leaning over to pick up your little ones, your back goes through a lot of stress.
It’s no wonder researchers say 75 percent of Americans complain about back pain.
Melissa Levy is young and active, but says soreness keeps her from enjoying many warm weather sports.
“It’s frustrating because I love pushing myself really hard and this last year I really had to taper back my movements,” Levy said.
She’s working with physical therapist Marty Levine at Push Gym in Denver to carefully strengthen her muscles.
Levine says you’ve got to keep moving to heal back pain.
Dr. Scott Laker of the University of Colorado Hospital says staying active can prevent back problems from developing in the first place.
Doctors say sitting all day at work can cause excess stress on the spine and muscles.
Get up and move around every 30 minutes and stretch. Get regular exercise to pump oxygen rich blood into the area.
Taking good care of your back will help you recover from natural stiffness that occurs as we all age.
Doctors say most people with back problems will be able to recover with the help of medication, physical therapy or non-invasive procedures.