Stretches That Make A Difference
I like easy stretches that only focus on the area of muscles needing the stretch. This version of the lower back stretch allows the other muscles to relax and not be actively working against what you need to have happen.
Imagine you have taken a short break from building a fence. After sitting without doing any stretching you notice a tension building in your lower back.
Stop the back from stiffening up and do this stretch.
- Sit with legs wide apart will give room for a nice long lengthening stretch to the back.
- Let your self gently fall forward to touch the floor, or your toes, or your power tool that you are holding in anticipation of getting back out there.
- Remember to breathe into the area of focus.
- Hold the stretch for several minutes.
- Feel the release of muscle tension in the lower back.
When you can sit to do this stretch you put your focus on the lower back and not the back of the legs, which probably needs a good stretch too, but you can do that stretch after this one. A nice variation of a back of the leg stretch would be sitting on the floor with legs straight and grabbing onto feet or ankles. Which could easily turn into a session of rhomboid stretches.
There should be no immediate balance issues when you do this lower back stretch while sitting. If you find you have balance issues or dizziness try the Foster Maneuver.
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