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    This exercise stretches and strengthens your back muscles.

    1. Sit comfortably in a chair, and relax your arms.
    2. Slowly bend forward, allowing your arms to hang down in front of you. Lean only as far as you can without feeling discomfort or pressure on your belly.
    3. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds and then slowly sit up straight.
    4. Repeat 2 to 4 times or to your comfort level.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

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