Does your upper back feel stiff when you wake up? Do you notice back discomfort during the course of the day?
This exercise video with physiotherapist Michelle Kenway shows you an easy exercise technique for relieving upper back stiffness and improving posture.
Video Suitability: The exercises in this video are generally suited to healthy women and men.
Avoid: If you have severe spinal osteoporosis with a high risk of spinal fracture.
You will need:
Set Up for Back Stretches
Technique for Back Stretches
These back stretches should always feel pain-free and within your comfortable range of shoulder movement.
Position your body lying down in the set up position described above
Stretch 2 (Variation)
This stretch promotes good upright posture by addressing spinal flexibility and stretching the chest muscles.
How Many Stretches?
Repeat these exercises slowly up to 10 times in a row. Start out with that number of exercises that feels most comfortable for your body.
How Often to Stretch?
Flexibility exercises are increasingly important for all of us as our bodies mature. Ideally try to perform flexibility or stretching exercises on at least 5 days of the week.
The upper back stretches in this video can be repeated at intervals throughout the day to prevent or relieve back stiffness and help promote good upright posture.
For more whole body exercises for women refer to Michelle’s Inside Out Strength Physiotherapist-guided Exercise DVD (for women).
Michelle Kenway is a Physiotherapist and author of the Inside Out women’s safe exercise program. Michelle’s Inside Out Strength exercise DVD shows women how to strengthen safely with a physiotherapist guides workout.
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