3. Bridge Pose

This yoga pose will strengthen the abdominal muscles that help support the back; a stronger core means less back pain. The pose also loosens the spine, neck, chest, and back muscles for more immediate relief. Bridge pose can help treat a variety of body pains and aches beyond the back, and even ease headaches and menstrual pain. Anyone with a neck injury should avoid this stretch. Find a comfortable spot on the floor. Keeping the chin tucked to keep the neck long, bend the knees, place the hands palm-down beside the heels, and slowly press through the feet to raise the seat off the floor.

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