Dear Hoping I'm Not a Statistic:
The chances are high: Studies show at least 80% of people in the United States will experience some form of low back pain at least once in their lives (Kim, 2019).
Why is the lower back problematic? To start, the lumbar spine bears a lot of the body’s weight; as a result, this area is particularly vulnerable to injury and disc disease. Other factors like our societal habit of sitting—and the poor posture, deconditioned muscles, and increased body-mass indexes that accompany it—also amplify the lumbar spine’s load (Schroeder, 2016).
“Sedentary jobs have increased by more than 80 percent since the 1950s,” explains Dr. Woznica. “Just sitting, alone—not including the addition of poor posture—is one of the top four positions for increasing pressure in the discs.”
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