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How often should I do stretching exercises for back pain?

Peggy Brill
Physical Therapy

Regular stretching is key to good back and spine health. In this video, physical therapist Peggy Brill describes the ideal routine.

Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy
Stretching exercises for back pain are generally held for 30 to 60 seconds. Performing two to five repetitions is usually all that is needed to experience a positive effect. During the first week or two, I typically ask my clients to commit to performing their stretches as often as possible (two to five times each day) to aggressively reduce their symptoms. It should always feel good to perform the stretching exercises, so this really shouldn't be a hard sell, and you should feel that your pain has decreased as a result. After your symptoms have abated, you can cut down on the frequency of stretching and find the ideal number of times needed to keep your pain at bay. I recommend stretching first thing in the morning and last thing before bed, as most people's back pain is aggravated during sleep.
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