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Back pain can take an emotional and physical toll, but regular stretching or routines incorporating specific yoga poses can help. Stretching makes muscles more flexible and improves elasticity, which makes back muscles less likely to tear or cause pain. Many exercises aimed at back wellness also strengthen core muscles, which help by giving the back more support.

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1. Neck Flexion Stretch

This stretch is quick and easy. It requires minimal movements, meaning it can be done almost anywhere, even in the car on the way to work or as part of a daily stretching routine. As the name implies, the neck flexion stretch targets neck muscles, helping relax the neck and spine and alleviating neck or upper back pain. To do this stretch, bring your chin slowly down to your chest while relaxing the shoulders. You can also perform a lateral flexion by bringing your ear to your shoulder. Never stretch too quickly. Movements should be slow to avoid strain.

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