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Texas Back Institute Shares Surprising Back Facts and Simple Exercises for National Spine Health Day, October 16
Date:10/16/2009

PLANO, Texas, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Specialists at the Texas Back Institute are honoring National Spine Health Day, today, by providing exercises to keep your back in tiptop shape. The day is designated to bring attention and awareness to the pervasive problem of back pain, and the experts at the Texas Back Institute reveal astonishing back facts to keep spine health top of mind.

The problem of back pain is widespreadaffecting nine out of 10 adults at one point or another during their lifetime. However, early intervention reduces the likelihood of back pain becoming a chronic problem. Chronic, intermittent back pain affects 30 percent of the population, and back pain is the most frequent cause of activity limitation in people younger than 45 years old.

"Most people don't realize how important a healthy spine is to overall well-being. Back pain can be devastating to not only one's physical health, but also one's emotional health and financial standing," said Dr. Jack Zigler, a world-renowned orthopedic spine surgeon at Texas Back Institute. "Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor's office, outnumbered only by upper respiratory infections."

In honor of National Spine Health Day, the experts at the Texas Back Institute share these tips to build and maintain a healthy spine:

    1.  Press-Up
              Lie on the floor on your stomach, and place your hands in a
              push-up position. Slowly push up with arms and allow the back
              to naturally bend as if doing a standing back bend. Relax the
              lower back as much as possible and keep hips on the floor.
              Perform 10 repetitions with no hold.

    2.  Pretzel Stretch
              Lie on your back with knees bent; place opposite ankle on
              opposite knee. Reach and pull bottom thigh up toward the chest
              until you have a mild to moderate stretch. Perform two or three
    
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