Low back pain is an epidemic. In fact, 80% of adults report experiencing low back pain at some point in their lives. It’s a major cause of lost productivity, affecting the economy as well as your individual well being. Fortunately, most lower back pain resolves itself through time and self-care. However, if your pain lasts longer than 4 to 6 weeks, severely limits your ability to perform daily activities, or comes with troubling symptoms other than pain, you need to seek medical consultation. If your condition doesn’t fall into one of these categories, you can try two proven non-surgical strategies on your own.