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Relieve low back pain with stretching
Stretching promotes harmony among muscles so they can support the back properly and ward off pain.
Life takes a toll on the lower back. All the standing, bending, lifting, and twisting are sometimes too much for the spine — something you find out when lower back pain strikes. Soothing the pain can require a combination of treatments. Muscle stretching is an important approach to add to the list.
Muscles, the back’s unsung heroes
Your spine is a stack of interlocking bones (vertebrae) with cushions (discs) in between, and joints (facet joints) connecting each vertebra to the next. The facet joints allow your spine to bend and twist.
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Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter
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