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Relieve low back pain with stretching

October 1, 2022

Stretching promotes harmony among muscles so they can support the back properly and ward off pain.

photo of a man sitting at a desk holding his hand on his lower back and grimacing in 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

Heidi Godman is the executive editor of the Harvard Health Letter. Before coming to the Health Letter, she was an award-winning television news anchor and medical reporter for 25 years. Heidi was named a journalism fellow … See Full Bio
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