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Massachusetts General Hospital

How to banish aches and pains

Harvard Health Letter

Is your back bothering you? Do your hamstrings hurt? Is your neck or shoulder sore? If so, you've got a lot of company. Garden-variety tightness, aches, and pains in the major muscles and joints -- especially the lower back -- are among the most common day-to-day health complaints, according the National Center for Health Statistics.

Often the root cause is a simple lack of doing something all men are designed to do. "The human body needs to move," says Linda Arslanian, director of Rehabilitation Services at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital. "It needs to move frequently and in a variety of ways. People who do that tend to...