Well, this week I have been talking about back pain.
I hope you enjoyed the last few videos and articles.
If you missed them, you can check them out here:
- Best AB Exercise for Those with Back Pain
- 2 Easy Ways to Relax Your Hip Flexors
- 2 Tips that Athletes Can Do To Fix Their Back Pain
- How to Reduce Back Pain When Exercising
Now, here’s what I have for you today.
Rick Kaselj, MS
I wanted to go through the best stretch for the lower back. This is called the Cat and Dog Stretch.
Best Stretch for Your Lower Back
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I am going to get Orsy to go through that stretch.
You are in your four point position. You have your hands underneath your shoulders. You don’t want your hands too far forward because that puts unnecessary stress on your shoulders. You want your knees underneath your hips and you want your knees about hip width apart. This puts you in a good position so you can focus on your back and work on the mobility when it comes to your back. If you look at your back, you have tight areas when it comes to your back. Your mid-back tends to be tight. Your low back pelvic area is tight and maybe even your upper neck is tight as well.
The Cat and Dog Stretch loosen up those tight areas in the spine and it helps working on mobility in the spine.
Orsy is going to work on the angry cat part and then going in the opposite direction. She is bringing that head up, dropping that chest, arching through that back, tilting that pelvis forward and then going in that opposite direction. She is tilting that pelvis back, rounding out that mid back and dropping that head. She is going to the point where she has light resistance and then going in the opposite direction.
She is holding the position for about a second or two and then moving in the opposite direction. She will go through it like 5 or 10 repetitions of the movement. You will probably notice that she is able to go a little bit further, that is because she has loosened up things in the neck, mid back and pelvis. This is as an excellent lower back stretch.
There you go, now it’s your turn! Give it a go before you exercise in order to loosen up that lower back. It is the best stretch that you can do for your lower back. You can do it before working out. You can do it when you wake up. You can do it in the evening in order to loosen up that lower back.
So there you go! Give that exercise a go and let me know how it goes. You can leave me a comment or question down below.
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Rick Kaselj, MS