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Back Exercises: Side Stretch

January 26, 2018

Back Exercises: Side Stretch

Man bending arm over head to stretchMan sitting upright in a chair

To start, sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Shift your weight slightly forward to avoid rounding your back. Relax. Keep your ears, shoulders, and hips aligned:

  • Stretch your right arm overhead.

  • Slowly bend to the left. Don’t twist your torso. Stay within your pain limits.

  • Hold for 20 seconds. Return to starting position.

  • Repeat 2 to 5 times. Then, switch to the other side.

Updated:  

January 26, 2018

Sources:  

Physical Activity and Exercise in Older Adults. UpToDate

Reviewed By:  

Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT,Joseph, Thomas N., MD