Back pain mistakes and back-friendly advice | VailDaily.com

Back pain mistakes and back-friendly advice

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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."

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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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