Reaching Upper Back Stretch

Back Stretching Exercises Video Series

This upper back stretch is the fourth video in this series. It is also the first of the upper back stretches.

Back pain is more common in the lower back versus the upper back.

However, keeping the entire back, as well as core muscles, helps reduce lower back injuries and pain.

Your core back muscles include the erector spinae and latissimus dorsi muscles. Additional core muscles are your abdominals and hip flextors as well as the thigh (abductor and adductor) muscles.

The three key abdominal muscles are the rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis and the oblique muscles.

So when doing your stretching routines, make sure to stretch all the core muscles.

Exercise #4 - Upper Back Stretch

You perform this stretch standing up, so no need for an exercise mat.
  1. Stand with legs at hip width.
  2. Cross your arms in front of you with arms stretched out.
  3. Push your hands forward as far as possible.
  4. Let your head fall forward between your arms.
  5. Hold this for 20 seconds or so.

Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move correctly. any additional notes here.

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