Health Tip: Stretch Your Back

It's a great way to avoid injury

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(HealthDay News) -- It's important for back health that you keep the spine and surrounding muscles and tendons loose.Tightness in the spine can hinder normal movement and cause back pain, according to the Baystate Health System of New England.

Poor flexibility also can lead to muscle weakness, stiffness, poor posture and a higher risk of injury to muscles or tendons.

Flexibility can be improved, regardless of age. Stretches should be done until the point of mild discomfort, without bouncing or pulling too hard. It is recommended that major joints be stretched at least three times a week.

Talk to your doctor before you begin, and ask if he or she can recommend some basic stretches.

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