9 Effective Back Flexibility Exercises

Whenever you are playing a sport like gymnastics or doing certain activities like dancing, some back flexibility may be needed. But what if you realize that you are not as flexible as other people? Should you desist from performing such tasks? Of course not! You only need practice and time to improve your movement range.

Back Flexibility Exercises

1. Pike Stretch

If you cannot accomplish this. Do not worry. Keep doing it with the correct form and you will improve little by little.

2. Camel Pose

Camel pose is one of the effective back flexibility exercises. This position can be done with two variations; just pick the one that better suits you.

Part standing or putting your feet and knees on the ground. Then slowly reach backwards towards your heels or buttocks, first with one hand and then with the other one, while naturally pushing your hips forward until you feel the stretch in your back muscles. Do not push yourself too much to avoid an injury.

3. Back Bend (Bridge)

Lie down and put the sole of your feet on the floor while flexing your knees up. Then put the palm of your hands at each side of your head (with your fingers facing your shoulders) and then push yourself up while extending your legs and arms to make a “bridge”.

4. Animal-Pose Stretches

5. Basket Stretch

When it comes to back flexibility exercises, try this basket stretch. Make a basket form by grabbing your ankles while lying on your abdomen and slowly lifting up your head, torso and lower legs.

6. Splits Stretches

Make a lunge and push your pelvis down while maintaining your balance. Then sit onto your bent leg and reach forward to your front leg, trying to put your forehead on your knee. Maintain this position for at least 30 seconds for each leg. Then, try to go down and push as far as you can without risking to hurt yourself.

It may seem like a very difficult or impossible task, but with practice, you will improve and slowly start to notice the difference.

7. Knee-to-Chest Stretch

Lie down on your back while keeping your knees bent and your feet soles on the ground. Grab a knee with both hands and pull it towards your stomach. Make sure to keep your back and neck flat on the floor while you do this. Hold the position for 10 seconds.

Grab your other knee and repeat. Then return to the start position and grab both of your knees with both hands and pull up again. Do this exercise three to four times each session, at least twice a day.

8. Lower Back Rotational Stretch

Lie down on your back while keeping your knees bent and your feet soles on the ground. Then roll both your knees to the left side of the floor; make sure to keep your shoulders and neck on the ground. Hold for 15 seconds. Repeat to the right side. Do this stretch twice a day.

9. Seated Lower Back Rotational Stretch

Sit on a stool or a chair that has no arms and cross your left leg over the right one. Then put your right elbow on the outside of your left knee and push yourself to the side while stretching your back muscles. Change your legs position and repeat for the other side.


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