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August 14, 2012 / janinezargar

Stretching Exercises to Decrease Back Pain

By Janine Zargar

When we injure our back, we tend to move as little as possible to avoid causing flares of pain. But inactivity causes our back to stiffen, which brings on more pain. You can work out kinks by engaging in stretching exercises such as the back flexion. Start by lying on your back, tucking both knees to your chest, and bringing your head forward so that your body forms a ball. Hold the position for a few seconds, then slowly stretch back out. Repeat 5 to 10 times, then take a rest.

For the next exercise, stand up and spread your feet shoulder-length apart. Take a half-step back with your right foot, bend your left knee, and shift your weight to your right hip. Now bend forward while keeping your left leg straight and reach down your right leg until you feel a gentle stretch in your outer hip. Again, repeat a handful of times then rest.

If you seriously injure your back, make sure to consult your doctor and arrange appointments with a physical therapist who can guide you in these and other rehabilitative activities.

About the Author

Janine Zargar serves as the Vice President of Doctors United, a medical facility with several locations throughout New York. Each branches offer unique services including but not limited to physical therapy.

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