Home-based exercise program reduces the risk of lower back pain in office workers

A study published in 2014 found that a 12-month home-based exercise program decreased the risk for lower back pain in office workers. 563 full-time office workers were randomized into one of two groups for this study: one group participated in a home-based exercise program which focused on trunk muscle stretching and endurance exercises, while the other did not. The findings were that the exercise program had significantly reduced the risk for lower back pain by 60% when compared to the control group.  These study findings help to demonstrate the benefit of exercise for preventing lower back pain even before it starts for people who spend most of their work day in sitting.

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Reference:

A prospective, cluster-randomized controlled trial of exercise program to prevent low back pain in office workers. Eur Spine J. 2014 Apr;23(4):786-93. doi: 10.1007/s00586-014-3212-3. Epub 2014 Feb 4

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