Low-back pain hits most of us at some point. It can be caused by injury, poor posture, repetitive motion, or simply aging – the soft discs between vertebrae dry over time, and less-supple discs can be more susceptible to bulging or rupture and put pressure on nerves, sending red-hot pain signals to your brain.
But while getting older is inevitable, pain is not: Experts agree that routine stretching can both prevent and relieve symptoms. When your spine and pelvis are aligned and your muscles are relaxed, you can be more resilient.
Use these 16 poses to ease tension in your back, as well as in the hips, hamstrings, and inner legs, which can affect your posture and lower spine…