ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
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Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Ginkgo No Shield Against Alzheimer's
ANIMAL CARE
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'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
CANCER
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
CAREGIVING
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
MRSA Infections Spreading to Kids in Community
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
DIABETES
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
DIET, NUTRITION
Eat Light - Live Longer
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Low Vitamin A, C Intake Tied to Asthma Risk
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
U.S. Diet Needs Heart-Felt Overhaul
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
Air Pollution May Cause Appendicitis: Study Reveals
EYE CARE, VISION
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
FITNESS
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Parents Influence Sex Decisions, Hispanic Teens Say
More Single Women Are Having Babies
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Countdown to Hair Loss
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Supportive Weigh-In Program Keeps Pounds Off
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Tips to Ease an Aching Back

THURSDAY, Dec. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The holidays can be a real pain in the back.

To ease the backaches that may have come from such seasonal duties as lugging heavy luggage, toting bags of gifts and stretching and straining to put up holiday decorations -- and that can return any time of the year -- the National Athletic Trainers' Association offers a 10-step guide:

* Zero in on the causes. Do you have poor posture or weak, loose muscle tone? Use poor mechanics when lifting heavy items or just tend to lift too much at once? Learning good technique and strengthening your back can help. Use carts or lighten your load when lifting heavy items.
* Get moving. Poor posture and muscle stiffness make it harder to move, which can lead to injury or pain. Add daily stretches or activities that increase flexibility and get the body moving in different directions -- yoga, tai chi, swimming or pilates, for example.
* Increase strength. Building overall muscle helps balance and flexibility, which in turn reduces stress on the back. Focus on the core muscles of the stomach, back, hips and pelvis, but work out the legs and shoulders to help with squatting, lifting and carrying.
* Add aerobic exercise. Walking, swimming and running for at least 20 minutes three times a week adds to muscular endurance and cardiovascular fitness while improving blood flow to the spine and decreasing stress.
* Pay attention to posture. Avoid sitting or driving for long periods of time. Get up, move around and stretch every 15 to 30 minutes. When seated, keep your hips and knees at right angles to one another and use a chair with adequate lumbar (lower back) support.
* Stand straight. Keep your head up, shoulders straight, chest forward and stomach tight. Avoid standing in the same position for too long, though.
* Use proper lifting mechanics. When lifting objects from a position below the waist, start with a wide stance, bending slightly at the hips and knees. Tighten your stomach as you lift and keep your back straight; do not arch or bend. Carry heavy objects close to your body and avoid carrying objects on only one side of your body.
* Get a good night's sleep. Pick a firm mattress and box spring that does not sag. Try to sleep in a position that maintains the natural curve of your back.
* Warm-up. Before you exercise, engage in a low-impact activity to increase muscle temperature and mobility. This decreases your chance of injury.
* Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Obesity and smoking increase the incidence of back pain. Improving your health will decrease the chance of back pain and improve your quality of life.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about back pain.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: National Athletic Trainers' Association, news release, December 2008

Last Updated: Dec. 25, 2008

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