Who is this for?
This exercise is ideal if your suffering with general lower back ache, joint sprain or muscle strain. It is also suitable if you have lumbar spine arthritis and spondylolisthesis.
The Starting Position
Lie on your back with your legs extended and back straight.
- Bend both knees towards your chest and place your hands around your knees or shins.
- Take a deep breath in and gently squeeze your thighs closer to your chest.
- Hold here for 20-30 seconds and repeat 2-5 times.
What are the benefits?
This exercise releases tight muscles around the hips and lower back, opens the lumbar spinal joints and improves flexibility.
Perform this exercise first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Ensure to keep your head down and shoulders relaxed throughout. Do not stretch to the point of pain and avoid bouncing the knees. If you are experiencing lower back pain, please consult your local Enfield osteopath. They will be able to give further instruction, advice and treatment.