Medicine: Squat, Stretch and Bend

These gentle, easy-to-perform exercises are among the most common recommended by doctors and physical therapists as insurance against the miseries of backache. They include a series of squats on tiptoe while holding a chair for balance; sit-ups that include touching the toes; pushing forward as far as possible on a bent knee; curling forward while seated in a chair; and tucking knees to chest while lying flat on the back. Their purpose: to firm up the various muscles, such as those of the abdomen, chest and hips, that support the spine; only a few minutes of daily exercising should suffice. The...

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