Stretch of the Week: Lower Back Stretch

 

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Persistent back pain affects more of your life than you would expect. It limits your physical activity, occupies your mind which leads to stress, and often forces you to adjust your social life to accommodate your pain. Did you know that you can alleviate back pain right at home? Try this stretch to loosen your hip, leg, and back muscles.

Lie on your back on a carpeted floor or exercise mat with both knees bent and your feet on the floor. Then rest your right ankle on your left thigh just above the knee. When you’re ready, grab your left leg behind the knee and gently pull it toward you. You should feel a stretch in the back of your right leg. Hold this position for a count of ten and then slowly lower your left foot back to the ground. Repeat on the other side.

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