6 Stretches to Help with Your Back Pain

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If you're suffering from back pain, you may be avoiding moving as much as possible! But... what if moving will help you? Huffington Post has found the best stretches and exercises to help get rid of your back issues!

Stretch the Hamstrings: Bend forward at the waist, keeping the legs as straight as possible, and try to touch your toes. You can also try sitting on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Place a towel or exercise band behind one foot and use it to help you pull the leg up. Repeat with the other leg. Hold each stretch for no more than 30 seconds and repeat several times.

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Stretch the Neck and Shoulders: First, gently bend your head forward, bringing your chin toward your chest until you feel a stretch in the back of your neck. Then, gently bend your head to one side as if you are trying to touch your ear to your shoulder. You should feel a stretch down the side of your neck and the top of the shoulder. Repeat this stretch on the opposite side. Hold each stretch for no more than 30 seconds and repeat several times. Remember, you will should feel a gentle pull, NOT pain!

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Stretch the Back: Lie on your back and bring both knees into your chest, then flex your head forward until you feel a stretch. Then, lower both feet to the floor with your knees bent, and use both hands to pull one knee toward the chest; repeat with the opposite knee. Hold each stretch for no more than 30 seconds and repeat several times.

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