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  • Exercise therapy can help reduce chronic pain and improve function, especially for low back pain.
  • Exercise programs that are tailored for your condition are most effective.
    • These can include stretching or strengthening exercises
  • Frequent exercise on a regular schedule is more effective than irregular bursts of exercise.
  • It’s important to know the difference between exercise that hurts (a little) and exercise that is harmful.
    • Talk to your PT or doctor to determine when a hurt might be a harm.
    • You may have minor aches and pains when developing an exercise program that benefits you.
  • A physical therapist (PT) can help design an exercise plan that works for you.
  • Talk with your doctor about your exercise program to make sure it is safe for you.
  • Even if you have difficulty standing or walking, you can exercise by following routines designed to be done while sitting in a chair (including chair-based yoga).
  • Exercise may improve your sleep and help you feel sharper and more focused.