Low-tech footrest can help prevent lower-back pain

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Woman standing at deskPeople who stand at work for long periods of time might be able to avoid lower back pain by intermittently using a footrest, says a new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo.

The researchers tested whether cyclically elevating one leg on a footrest intermittently for one minute, then putting it on the ground for three minutes for almost an hour and half, helped prevent or alleviate lower back pain. They found that of the 12 participants – six who were pre-disposed to developing lower back pain during standing, and six who were not – only one reported lower-back pain. 

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