Does low back pain make it hard to get up and moving in the morning?
Are standing and walking for a period of time a struggle?
If so, try this stretch.
It’s not only an excellent way to provide relief to your back, but to stretch your shoulders and glutes, too.
Low Back Sink Stretch
In this video, Physical Therapist Katie Wolfley, PT DPT, shows you an easy, at-home stretch to open your low back.
When too much tension or compression happens in the lumbar spine (low back), standing or walking can become difficult and painful.
This simple stretch will help decompress the low back and provide relief.
Start by holding a sturdy, waist-high surface like a sink.
Stand an arm’s width from the surface with your feet a hip’s width apart.
While holding on, soften your knees and sit your hips backward.
You should feel a nice stretch through your low back, along with your shoulders and glutes.
Once you feel the stretch in your back, hold that position for 5-10 seconds. Then, slowly come back up to standing.
When you come back up to standing, make sure not to arch your back – stop in a nice, neutral position.
Repeat this stretch sequence 10 times.
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