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Sit Back and Relax: Seated Back Stretches

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Alleviate your back pain with back, neck, and shoulder stretches.

Stretching Exercises for Back Pain

Since you were in kindergarten, parents and teachers have admonished you to sit up straight. Now groundbreaking research suggests their advice may have been off base. A recent study of 22 healthy male and female subjects measures strain on the spine using an upright MRI machine. Subjects were scanned in three sitting positions (forward-leaning, 90 degrees, and 135 degrees), and the results were compared against the most comfortable vertebral position -- lying down.

According to lead investigator Waseem Bashir, a clinical fellow in the department of radiology and diagnostic imaging at University of Alberta Hospital in Canada, the forward-leaning and upright postures "reverse the natural curvature of the spine and put a lot pf pressure on it." As a result, the internal spinal disks squeeze together and lose water, which could lead to long-term back problems. However, sitting at a reclined position caused disks to move the least, confirming that it's the best sitting posture for a healthy back.

If you can't ergonomically tweak your office chair, experts suggest stretching frequently. Try the exercises shown below from the Feldenkrais Institute of New York (

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ariane20 wrote:

i did not understand how it should be done... starting from waist...

1/24/2013 07:31:16 AM Report Abuse
sbegumsubhan wrote:

These are wonderful! I got to exercise my back & middle (waist even)in short breaks while working.

1/14/2012 10:20:08 PM Report Abuse
sspringe1 wrote:

I wish the exercises "below" were actually there.

12/2/2011 09:49:28 PM Report Abuse
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