St. Mark's Hospital - August 19, 2019
by H2u magazine

Just five vertebrae in our lower back support much of the weight of our upper bodies. It’s no wonder then that 8 out of 10 of us will experience low back pain at some point in our lives. In fact, low back pain is the leading cause of job-related disability and missed work days.

Back pain is triggered by many factors, but the majority of cases are mechanical and related to wear and tear on our joints, discs and bones. This wear and tear is caused by aging and bad habits like improper lifting, poor posture and weak muscles, says Mark Barnes, a doctor of physical therapy and founder of Telespine.

To help his patients overcome back pain and prevent recurrence, Barnes developed the Telespine program, which is available to H2U members at a discounted rate. Telespine’s video-based program focuses on teaching users how to strengthen and stretch key muscles in the back, legs and core to relieve lower back pain, improve posture and reduce the risk of fractures.

When you sign up for Telespine, you’ll get unlimited access to online videos of exercises that are proven to enhance long-term back health. With these self-care methods, you may even be able to avoid expensive medical treatments.

The program also includes live chat with a Telespine’s certified health coach. You can ask questions and get personal advice to help you get back to the activities you enjoy.