The Washington Times - September 11, 2008, 06:19PM

Back pain is commonly caused by muscle strain and injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support the spine.

Many health experts recommended stretching exercises to improve an individual’s health and increase their mobility. Stretching provides a number of different benefits to the body and can help you feel better if you are having problems with motion or moving in a specific manner.

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We all have attempted to begin exercise regiments that we were unable to maintain; however, stretching exercises can be incorporated into your daily routine in many different ways. Whether you prefer following along with an exercise DVD or participating in an exercise class, using exercise equipment can provide health benefits for many different body parts.

Stretching can improve the mobility of joints and can often help relieve some of the symptoms of arthritis. Stretching can also reduce the chances of injury by increasing muscle flexibility and strengthening the muscles. If you have a history of back pain, take extra care to follow a daily routine of stretches.

Stretching exercises can also improve blood and oxygon circulation throughout the body, pumping oxygen at a faster rate to the many areas of the body that need it. The increased blood flow can give you more energy and increased alertness as the oxygen is pumped into the muscles and the brain. Remember to breathe normally while stretching, and try not to hold your breath.

Stretching exercises are often the preferred way to exercise because it is one of the few types of exercises that can be completely modified to the needs of the person performing the exercises. If your mobility is limited in a particular area, you can focus your stretching exercises on that area to increase your range of motion. Remember, before starting any exercise program, you should always check with your physician first.