Have you ever had lower back pain? If not, you should count yourself lucky. because over 80% of people will experience an episode of lower back pain in their lifetime. Lower back pain forces more people out of the workforce than all combined. Researchers speculate there are multiple factors contributing to the severity of lower back pain, including: In fact, the worst thing you can do when you have lower back pain, is to stop moving. Your body needs to move to activate the stabilizing muscles that will support your lower back when you need it most. But, if you’ve ever had lower back pain, you know even small movements can be painful. While lower back pain is common, the disability associated with it doesn’t have to be. Here are 3 devices that, when paired with a proper recovery program, can help you stay mobile while managing your back pain. Your foot and ankle posture affect the position of your knees and hips. When the foot and ankle flatten, they can create a motion that causes your hips to roll inward. This stretches muscles in your lower back, putting extra strain onto the area. Orthotics can help reduce this motion by supporting your foot posture, and taking stress off the muscles in your lower back. Back braces have been proven to reduce pain while walking. You can find many light-weight lower back braces that fit discreetly, but make sure to choose a reputable brand and consult your doctor or a specialist first. Also known as Nordic Walking Poles, trekking poles make it easier to work harder while walking or hiking, by engaging your arms and trunk muscles. Several models of trekking poles are available on the market, all of which suit unique activity goals. For more information about managing your lower back pain, talk to a Kintec Fitting Expert or Pedorthist today!