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6 Stretches To Do In The Morning If You Have Back Pain

HuffPost Life explains simple mobility movements to ease pain and protect the body, according to experts including HSS physical therapist Christina Rodriguez PT, DPT, OCS, cert. MDT.

Rodriguez recommended a cat-cow stretch to help with back pain. “This is one of my favorite spinal mobility stretches to do, particularly during the pandemic since we’ve all been homebound and likely hunched over a lot,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez also suggested an upper back foam roller stretch. She advised using a foam roller, but a rolled up, thick blanket or yoga bolster will also do the trick. “Another option is to use a chair that has a middle-high chair back. Arch your back up along the back of the chair for 10 seconds to get a similar stretch,” she added.

The seal pose is another good stretch to try. “This will target your lower back and is also great for people who find themselves sitting for most of the day,” mentioned Rodriguez.

Rodriguez also advised a spinal twist using a chair or on the ground, but cautioned, “If you don’t stretch often this might make you feel a little uncomfortable, but there should never be any sharp pain when stretching. Make sure to listen to your body and if something doesn’t feel right, back off a bit.”

Read the full article at HuffPost.com.