Some doctors are now using machines designed signed to straighten and strengthen the back's extensor muscles-the muscles you use when you bend backward. By using this method, doctors hope to relieve pain and allow patients to avoid back surgery.
Reality: Any exercise that conditions key postural muscles-abdominals, hip flexors and back muscle extensors-can help relieve pain. These machines can help but contribute nothing special.
Best: Carefully prescribed, standardized exercises tailored for your individual back problem.
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