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If a stretch hurts my back, should I work through it or stop?

No, if a stretch hurts your back you should stop it immediately. Any movement or activity, including stretching that causes pain should be avoided or stopped immediately and a physician or other qualified professional should be consulted. A stretch should never cause more than mild discomfort and never should hurt or cause pain of any kind. Any motion, movement, or activity that causes a muscle or joint to hurt should be avoided, there is no such thing as “pushing through the pain” or “no pain, no gain." 

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