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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A Better Body in 5 Minutes

Banish Back Pain
By Alwyn Cosgrove, Men's Health

"Lower-back problems often stem from tight gluteal muscles," says Nate Green, a personal trainer in Whitefish, Montana. His solution: a foam roll ($23 at "Your muscle tissue is like a rubber band. If it has a bunch of knots in it, you won't be able to stretch it very far," says Green. By using a foam roll to alleviate these knots, you'll make your muscles more pliable and quickly relieve back pain.

How to do it: Sit on a foam roll on the floor, with your feet up and your hands on the floor for balance. Now slowly roll your butt over it, stopping on the tenderest spots (these are knots) for 20 to 30 seconds or until the pain subsides.


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