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Tips to help protect your back

(HealthDay) -- A bad back can be a nightmarish health problem.

The University of Washington Physicians Online has some tips to help you keep your back feeling fine. First, get regular exercise. Second, make sure your desk is at a comfortable height and that your chair has plenty of back support. Also, if you must drive long distances, place a small pillow or rolled-up towel behind the small of your back.

When sleeping on your side, place a pillow between your knees. When on your back, place the pillow under your knees. Both techniques relieve pressure on your back.

Finally, if you're on your feet for long periods, insoles may ease the burden on your back.

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