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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