Back Flexibility Exercises
Flexibility in your back is important for mobility as we age. This video demonstrates one exercise that will help increase flexibility of your spine.
REDUCED FLEXIBILITY OF THE SPINE
Exercise step by step
Objective: Rotational mobilisation to increase spinal flexibility.
Starting Position: Lie on your right side with your left arm outstretched in front of your chest.
Movement: Pull your left knee towards your torso until it is bent at a 90° angle. Set down your thigh in front of your body and hold your knee down on the floor with your right hand. At the same time, turn your torso to the left and stretch your left arm far to the back and up. Hold this position for 20 seconds.
Repeat 5 times on each side.
Before you begin any of these exercise routines, be sure to check with your doctor. Once you have your doctor’s approval, begin exercising slowly and stop if you feel any pain or discomfort. Make sure to rest if you feel you are overexerting yourself.
Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Important: consult a health professional in case of an injury or if you suspect overuse of joints or a medical condition such as a fracture. A physician should be consulted in those acute cases when the condition is accompanied by reddening, swelling or hyperthermia of joints, ongoing joint trouble or severe pain and/or are associated with neurological symptoms (e.g. numbness, tingling, loss of motion).
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