4 Exercises to Help Relieve Lower Back Pain

Whether it's because of a desk job, a long commute or hours spent in class, Americans are sitting more than ever before.

Our tendency to sit for long periods of time doesn't always result in lower back pain, but it often plays a role in those who struggle with the issue. Chronic lower back pain affects more than 1.5 billion people worldwide, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Due to the complexity of the back, many different ranges of motion can cause pain. Not only does this affect your fitness routine, but also your everyday life.

Those who experience pain often turn to stretching, which can provide comfort, but isn't always the solution. In addition to stretching, there are exercises you can do to relieve back pain. Travis Uriarte, DPT, CSCS, a physical therapist at Athletic Physical Therapy in California, recommends trying four exercises to help strengthen the connected muscles and resolve the issue.

Note: Each exercise can be counted for repetitions (10 to 15 each side) or for time (1 to 2 minutes).

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