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I started driving a city transit bus 7 years ago at age 58. I was always interested in fitness, so I stretch and exercise, and  have been able to avoid injury when drivers much younger than me have problems. I am finding it harder however to keep my back supple. I sit for extended periods in cramped conditions, and having to keep focused also stresses my back. On my days off, I am so exhausted mentally and physically I tend to just lay around. This only makes it worse, by Sunday night my back is stiff from all that laying around. Can you give me a few simple exercises I can do that would help? Thanks

Hi, Bud,

Start with this exercise:

If you find it helpful, send for The Cat Stretch Exercises (no stretching or cat involved)

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Lawrence Gold


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In practice since 1990. Two years on staff at a hospital Wellness and Rehabilitation Center.

Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, American Journal of Pain Management, Somatics: Magazine-Journal of the Mind-Body Arts and Sciences. More complete listing at

Certifications: Hanna Somatic Education, the Dr. Ida P. Rolf method of Structural Integration (partial list)

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