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Lower Back Stretches

Lower Back Stretches

Lower back stretches are important for the flexibility and range of motion of the lower back and hip muscles. Good lower back flexibility allows for the unrestricted and pain free movement of the lower back and hips.

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Flexion Extension Back Stretch


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Kneel on your hands and knees. Look up and let your back slump downwards. Then let your head fall forward and arch your back upwards. Perform this stretch slowly and deliberately, resting your weight evenly on both your knees and hands. Hold the back arch stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then slowly move into back slump stretch position.
Kneeling Back Rotation Stretch


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Kneel on the ground and raise one arm. Then rotate your shoulders and middle back while looking upwards. Keep your arm pointing straight upwards and follow your hand with your eyes. This will help to further extend the stretch into your neck. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat with the opposite arm.
Knee-to-chest Lower Back Stretch


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Lie on your back and keep one leg flat on the ground. Use your hands to bring your other knee into your chest. Rest your back, head and neck on the ground and don’t be tempted to raise your head off the ground. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat with the opposite leg.

Leg Cross-over Lower Back Stretch


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Lie on your back and cross one leg over the other. Keep your arms out to the side and both legs straight. Let your back and hips rotate with your leg. Keep your shoulders on the ground and avoid lifting them during this stretch. Do not throw your leg over to the side; simply let the weight of your leg do most of the stretching for you. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat with the opposite leg.

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