Low Back Stretch
Objective: Increase flexibility of the lumbar paraspinal muscles (low back).
Description: Lay flat on your back on an exercise mat. You are now ready to start the exercise.
- Step One: Bend the knee of your left leg and put the left foot flat on the floor.
- Step Two: Using your right hand, grab your left knee and pull the left leg over top of your straight right leg. Keep your shoulders and upper back flat on the mat.
- Step Three: Pull the leg as far as you comfortably can and hold for 10-30 seconds.
- Step Four: Change legs and repeat the same motion with the other leg.
- Step Five: Perform this exercise two-three times per leg.
You can also perform this exercise using your right leg instead of your hand to drag the left leg over.
* If you feel your leg or back muscles cramp up during this exercise, stop and drink plenty of water before trying again. This is also an indication that you are probably deficient of magnesium.
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Warning: Therapeutic exercises should not significantly increase pain during the exercise. Increased pain or symptoms could be a sign of a more serious condition and you should consult your health care professional for guidance.