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16 Ways to Get Rid of Lower Back Pain for Good

TheHealthy highlights solutions to treat lower back pain according to experts including HSS sports medicine physician Jordan D. Metzl, MD.

Physical therapy treatment centers on specific stretching exercises that will help you build the muscles that support the spine and improve flexibility and range of motion. Yoga, tai chi, and Pilates all involve gentle stretching and can also keep you limber, said Dr. Metzl. Some physical therapists offer manipulation, a hands-on treatment that applies short and rapid thrusting movements to a joint while the body is in a specific position. Physical therapy programs and protocols may also include foam rolling, added Dr. Metzl.

Individuals who are overweight or obese are more likely to have low back pain. Weight loss can take some physical stress off of your back and reduce pain, cited Dr. Metzl.

Additionally, stress makes everything worse—including your back pain, explained Dr. Metzl. Stress relief such as deep breathing, mindfulness, meditation, and anything else that helps you wind down will have spillover benefits on your back pain.

Read the full article at Thehealthy.com.