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4 great stretches for people with chronic back pain

Updated: Mar 30, 2019

Back pain should not be taken lightly. Today's modern society involves a large number of hours spent sitting down, either in our work, driving or our social lives. This puts a lot of stress through your back leading to an estimated 80% of the population reporting back pain at some time in their lives. 264 lost work days within one year and that number is rising, but what can be done to ease the pain and improve your quality of life.

1. Single Knee to Chest

Tightness in the hips is a frequent contributor to lower back pain. We can stretch the hamstrings, lower back, and glutes to help ease the pain. Lie on your back with one knee bent and raised, and one leg straight. Place hands behind the bent leg and pull it towards your chest until a light stretch is felt down the back of the leg. You can also place hands over the bent leg on the shin or knee and pull towards your chest.  Hold for 20-30 seconds, switch legs and do the same thing. Repeat 3-5 times for each leg.