Long sitting Lumbar spine rotation stretch

This is an instructional video to correctly demonstrate Long sitting Lumbar spine rotation stretch. If you want to ‘crack’ your own back then this exercise can do it!. If you want to learn more about what cracking your back is actually doing then check out:

The myths of Physiotherapy: “I’m out of alignment, can you crack me back into place?”

The content in this video is provided for general information purposes only and is not meant to replace a physiotherapy or medical consultation.

Step by Step

  1. This is a good exercise for flexibility issues in the Lumbar spine.
  2. This stretch is not is a warm up and it shouldn’t be done just before exercise ideally.
  3. Like any exercise you should only do the exercise if it is pain free during, after and the next day. The most that you should feel is a strong stretch or discomfort.
  4. In long sitting, bring your right foot towards you and place it on the other side of your left knee. Place your right hand down behind you to support your body in an upright position. Now use your left elbow to use for leverage to twist your body to the right until you feel a stretch.
  5. Hold for 20-30 secs.
  6. Repeat in the opposite direction.
  7. You should aim to do this between 4-6 times daily to improve your flexibility
  8. It may take several months to actually increase your flexibility significantly so be patient.

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