According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, back pain is the most common cause of job-related disabilities, and to add insult to injury, 80 percent of people suffer from some form of back pain over the course of their lifetimes.

A recent study by Associate Professor Dr. Manuela Ferreira of the George Institute for Global Wellness in Sydney, Australia, found that anti-inflammatory medications at best offer only short-term pain relief, often with side effects like severe bleeding, constipation and stomach ulcers, to name just a few. Instead of popping pills, the study’s co-author, Research Fellow Dr. Gustavo Machado recommends patients with back issues try exercise to help manage their pain. Specifically, he advocates aerobic exercise, strengthening and stretching, Pilates, yoga and core-stability exercises.  You can find more details here.