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Maj Spencer
In many cases, low back pain is completely preventable. Activity is one of the most important prevention strategies. The entire body needs to be active to stay healthy. Activity keeps you strong and fit, and exercise releases natural chemicals, called endorphins, that help reduce pain. That means staying active helps to both prevent and relieve back pain.

Lt Col Jerman
Other prevention strategies include eating a healthy diet, maintaining good posture, and learning how to lift and carry properly. The way your body is positioned when you drive, work, and sleep, and how long you stay in those positions, can also affect the way your back feels. Knowing and respecting your body’s limits when it comes to sports or yard work is another way to prevent low back pain.