Today, I have a great exercise to help loosen your lower mid-back.
I feel great after doing it and I know you will as well.
Enjoy the exercise!
Rick Kaselj, MS
In this video, I will go through the best exercise to loosen up your lower mid-back: the Scorpion Stretch.
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Lie down on your stomach with your head on a towel to relax your neck muscles, and keep your neck aligned with the rest of your body. We will break down the Scorpion Stretch into five progressions.
#1 – Hip Off The Floor
Hip Off The Floor
Bring your arms out to the sides in order to anchor your upper body as we start moving the lower body. The first progression is just raising your hip up and then lowering back down. Remember to focus on the movement happening in the glute, rather than have your hamstring do the work.
#2 – Hips at 90
Hips at 90
If the first progression is too easy, you can progress on to Hips at 90. Try to bring your hips to 90 degrees in a slow, controlled movement.
#3 – Foot to the Floor
Foot to the Floor
Lift your leg, rotate through your hips and lower back, and try to touch your foot to the floor as quickly as you can and then return back. Move to the other side and repeat the exercise. The movement is happening from your glute, trying to bring that foot or toe to the ground as quickly as you can and then returning back. With this progression, we are mobilizing the hip and the side joint, and we are loosening up the lower back and mid-back areas.
#4 – Foot Reach
Try to reach as far as you can with your foot with the toe or with the heel. Use your upper body and arms to anchor yourself, and reach as far as you can with the toe or the heel.
#5 – Bringing The Foot To The Hand
Bringing The Foot To The Hand
The last progression is to bring your foot all the way to your hand.
It works well to go through these movements as a progressive warm-up as opposed to just jumping to that fifth progression. It is good to work your way through lifting the hips, then going hips to 90, then to foot touch, then foot reach, and then finally to foot to the hand. As you warm-up, you can go through the movement a lot quicker. Start off slower to loosen your muscles up, and make sure you are doing the movements correctly. So there you go! Give that Scorpion Stretch a go.
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Rick Kaselj, MS
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