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Bad Back? Ozone Shots a Possible Therapy

Istockphoto By Theresa TamkinsFRIDAY, March 13, 2009 (Health.com) — Ozone is considered pollution on ground level and an environmental protector when it’s in the earth’s atmosphere (that’s why a hole in the ozone is a bad thing). Now it seems the molecule is a bit of a health paradox, too. …

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10 Worst Food Trends, a Low

Don’t spend July Fourth in the kitchen! You can have your ‘slaw and eat it, too, with these easy takes on classic American favorites. [RealSimple] Hey, Diet Coke addict! We’re talking to you. Put your hands in the air, and step away from the can. New research says diet sodas …

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Yoga, Stretching May Ease Chronic Back Pain

Getty Images By Amanda MacMillan MONDAY, October 24, 2011 (Health.com) — People who suffer from chronic back pain may find some relief in yoga or intensive stretching, but neither form of exercise appears to be more effective than the other, a new study suggests. Roughly 80% of adults experience low …

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3 Ways to Prevent Back Pain in 75 Seconds

Ever notice how animals stretch when they wake up? Take a cue from your pet and keep your back healthy with these morning moves from chiropractor Robert Oexman, director of the Sleep to Live Institute in Joplin, Missouri. Low back stretchBring both knees to your chest by first raising one …

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Move of the Week: Knee Strike

Punch off the pounds with our Move of the Week: The Knee Strike. Channel all your energy and stress from the day into this workout, which targets the abs and the back–both important muscle groups to strengthen for boxing. If the move seems too simple, grab two 5-pound dumbbells in …

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Move of the Day: Opposite Arm and Leg Reach

Quit saying, “my aching back” and start doing this effective move to strengthen your back. This exercise will help you get stronger and avoid injury, as well as improve your posture. How to do it: Start on all fours. Reach your right arm forward while simultaneously stretching your left leg back …

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Move of the Day: Bird Dog

This move works on your upper back, butt, and core. All you need is a mat to work this trifecta, and after 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 15 repetitions each, you’ll be on your way to a toned mid-section. How to do it: Get down on all fours. Keeping …

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Move of the Day: Reverse Fly

We love this move because it targets back muscles that often don’t get a workout. All you need is a pair of 5 to 8 pound dumbbells and you can strengthen your back in just a few minutes almost anywhere. Waiting for the laundry to finish? Cooking pasta and waiting …

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Move of the Day: Swan Dive

This move is challenging, and part of many yoga and pilates workouts. The swan dive targets your back muscles to give you a sleek and sexy back–if you’re diligent with this move you’ll be sure to see a difference in no time! How to do it: Lie face down on a …

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