3 Lumbar Stretches to Help Improve Flexibility

3 Lumbar Stretches to Help Improve Flexibility

Hello, this is Dr. Bradley and Luke with
The Joint. Today we’ll be covering three different lumbar stretches to improve
flexibility. And remember, please perform all exercises as advised by your
chiropractor. Let’s start with the hip flexor lunge, which addresses the muscles that attach directly to your lower spine. Prolonged sitting can cause tightening
of the hips which also addresses the muscles of the lower back. Start with one knee on the floor and the
other foot out ahead of you. While keeping your spine straight and upright.
You will begin to shift your weight forward, then release. Repeat on the
opposite side. As you move forward you’ll feel a pulling sensation from the front
of your thigh upwards to your belly button. Next up is the lying spinal twist.
This is a general stretch which can drastically increase mobility. While lying on your back, extend your
arms out to the sides, palms up. Arms should be even with your shoulders, raise
your knees to 90 degrees and slowly lower them to one side. Perform this
stretch on the other side. You may notice that one side is tighter than the other.
These are imbalances that can lead to back pain, then release. The cat and camel can really help increase mobility. With repetition you’ll notice that you can
stretch further and further. Start in a kneeling position with your hands and
elbows directly below your shoulders. Your knees should be directly under your
hips. Start by forming a straight line with your back from your hips to the top
of your head. As you inhale, tuck your chin to your chest and arch your back
towards the ceiling like a camel. Squeezing your shoulder blades together
helps drive your chest forward on exhale lift your chin and chest like a cat, then
release. Thanks for joining us today. Remember The Joint Chiropractic is more than just a solution for back pain, it’s your key to a healthy lifestyle.

4 Replies to “3 Lumbar Stretches to Help Improve Flexibility”

  1. Good exercise already started noticing some relief from my tight lower back! Thanks for showing us here as it would not have been as comfortable to learn these in the office.

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