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Back Strain Back Exercises
- Abdominal crunch:
- Lie flat on your back with your knees drawn up to 90 degrees and your feet planted on the floor.
- Place your hands behind your head and begin by slowly raising your shoulder blades 1 inch off the floor.
- Then return to the resting position.
- Focus on flexing the abdominal muscles when you raise your head and shoulders.
- Do not use your arms to lift your head or bend your neck.
- You must use your abdominal muscles to perform the exercise.
- Shoulder shrugs: rotate shoulders upward and backward.
- Lower neck and upper back stretch:
- Stand up; place your hands together in front of you.
- Bend your neck and upper back forward.
- Reach your hands toward the floor.
- Seated low-back stretch:
- Sit on a chair with both feet planted squarely on the floor.
- Bend down and place your head between your knees.
- Touch your fingertips on the floor between your feet.
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PubMed Back Strain References
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- Rugulies R, Krause N. Job strain, iso-strain, and the incidence of low back and neck injuries. A 7.5-year prospective study of San Francisco transit operators. Soc Sci Med. 2005 Jul;61(1):27-39. 
- Tveito TH, Hysing M, Eriksen HR. Low back pain interventions at the workplace: a systematic literature review. Occup Med (Lond). 2004 Jan;54(1):3-13. 
- van der Roer N, Goossens ME, Evers SM, van Tulder MW. What is the most cost-effective treatment for patients with low back pain? A systematic review. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2005 Aug;19(4):671-84.