Are there stretches to help prevent lower back pain?

Stretches to relieve back painStretching can be a great help for many types of lower back pain, especially if you spend a lot of time either sitting still or standing around. The stretches loosen up tight tissues in your lower back and allow for greater flexibility. They also reduce tension in your muscles and tendons.

There are plenty of different stretches for lower back pain. Lying on your back and pulling your knees to your chest is one simple one to try at home. Lying on your back and rotating your hips and knees side-to-side is another. A slightly more complicated stretch is called “thread the needle.” Lying on your back, bend one knee and put that foot flat on the floor. Take your other foot and cross it over your bent knee, so it’s propped there. Reach under your crossed leg to grab the thigh of your bent knee and pull it closer to your chest.

Working with a physical therapist, like Dr. Jennifer Molner and our experts at Castle Pines Physical Therapy or Cherry Creek Physical Therapy, can help you with these stretches and more. Make an appointment online, or by calling (303) 805-5156.