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Before you pop a pill, try a massage, or low-impact exercise, like walking. Because boosting the flow of oxygen-rich blood can reduce inflammation, which helps cut pain. Those are new guidelines from the American College of Physicians. If your back is really hurting, start out slowly – walking for about 10 minutes once a day, for example. And gradually increase the time and distance until you’re getting at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days.

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