Newsletter Video, July 2023
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Disclaimer - the exercises here are for educational purposes only and before you try any of them, consult with your therapist or doctor.
Movements of the Month - 3 Simple Back Exercises
Try these exercises to maintain spine mobility.
The Cat-Cow Exercise
- Begin on a mat or soft floor on your hands and knees.
- Keep your knees directly below your hips and your wrists under your shoulders.
- Make sure your head is in a neutral position, eyes looking at the floor.
- As you inhale, drop your belly towards a mat or floor. Lift your chin and chest, and gaze up toward the ceiling.
- As you exhale, pull your belly to your spine and round your back toward the ceiling.
Repeat this 5-10 times and remember to take it slow.
You should feel a gentle stretch and it should be pain free.
The Prayer Exercise
- Start on your hands and knees.
- Slowly lean backward moving your bottom toward your heels and your forehead toward the ground.
- Keep your elbows straight, and the palms of your hands on the ground as demonstrated.
- For a side stretch, walk both hands to your left.
- Rest there for a breath or two and feel the stretch along your right side.
- Then, walk both hands to your right and do the same to feel the stretch along your left side.
- Repeat this movement 2 to 3 times per side
- Be mindful to avoid any discomfort or strain.
The Prone on Elbows Position
- Lie face down on a mat or soft floor, legs stretched out behind you and tops of your feet flat on the floor.
- Place your hands under your shoulders, with the fingers spread wide.
- Press up onto your elbows, keeping your hips on the floor.
- Hold this position for two or three breaths
- Repeat it 2-3 times.
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