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Back Exercises: Lower Back Stretch

To start, sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Shift your weight slightly forward. Relax, and keep your ears, shoulders, and hips aligned while you do the following:

  • Sit with your feet well apart.

  • Bend forward and touch the floor with the backs of your hands. Relax and let your body drop.

  • Hold for  20 seconds. Return to starting position.

  • Repeat  2 times. 

  • An additional way to improve motion and stability is to push down into the floor while you are in the bent-over position. Push down for 5 seconds, relax 5 seconds. Repeat 3 to 5 times.

Note: If you've had back or hip surgery, talk with your healthcare provider before doing this stretch.

Woman sitting in chair leaning over with chest on legs and arms hanging down.

Online Medical Reviewer: Ross Brakeville DPT
Online Medical Reviewer: Stacey Wojcik MBA BSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Thomas N Joseph MD
Date Last Reviewed: 12/1/2022
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