Back pain mistakes and back-friendly advice
Exercise is a great way to manage many kinds of back pain. Just make sure you’re doing it right!
Mistake: Jumping into exercise can aggravate pain.
Fix: Warm up a little longer. Ease into physical activity.
Mistake: If abdominal crunches alone make up your strength routine, a weak back may accompany your six-pack.
Fix: Support your back with strong muscles in the stomach, hips, and thighs. Visit the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (aaos.org) and search for “low back pain exercise guide.”
Mistake: Do you hop off the treadmill and into the shower? You’re missing the best part.
Fix: Take ample time to stretch when your muscles are warm. You’ll improve elasticity in tight areas.
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