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Originally published January 17 2004

Back pain creates heavy economic burden on the U.S. economy

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

Fascinating new research shows the heavy economic impact of back pain on the U.S. economy. According to a new study, back pain accounts for $26 billion in health care expenditures yearly, and that doesn't include the lost productivity due to back pain, either. As a former sufferer of back pain, I can attest to the frustrating nature of this condition and also offer some advice: get really good at stretching out and strength training.

The vast majority of back pain vanishes when you achieve a health weight, have adequate muscle flexibility, and engage in routine strength training that includes the abdominal muscles. Sounds simple, right? But then why is it so difficult for people to actually take these actions?

Many people with back pain would rather let a surgeon do the work than to go to a gym, and the more I talk to people about this issue, the more I hear the same excuses over and over: "I'm too old" or "Women don't strength train." Both are myths, of course. Strength training is especially needed by the elderly, and they derive great benefit from it. If you're not pushing weights at least two days a week, you'll never achieve optimum health, no matter what your age or gender.


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