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Ask Men's Fitness: Can Yoga Hurt My Bad Back?

Yoga can help clear your mind, but it may do more harm than good to a bad back.

Q: My girlfriend says I should try yoga for my bad back. I’m willing to try anything, but twisting myself into a pretzel might not be the best move. Should I do it?

A: Yoga, when done correctly, is a great workout, but might not fix your back. First, figure out what’s causing your back pain.

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“See an M.D. to find out if you’ve got anything serious going on,” says Jay Dicharry, director of biomechanics at Rebound Physical Therapy. “Then follow up with a physical therapist to work out your specific issues. Learn to properly stabilize your back as you move, then take those skills into yoga.” Namaste.

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