How To Stretch For Back Pain 2: Cat Cow Stretch.
Picture a cow in a pasture or a sleeping cat—could their lives be any more relaxed? Since stress
aggravates back pain, take a cue from these animals and practice this relaxing yoga-inspired
stretch. You will need Comfortable clothes and a floor. Step 1. Get down on your hands
and knees. Your hands should be pointing forward and aligned underneath your shoulders, and
your knees should be aligned underneath your hips. Step 2. Inhale, and slowly arch your
back over a count of 5, dropping your belly towards the floor and raising your head, chest,
and tailbone up. Don’t overuse your lower back muscles; let gravity do most of
the work. Step 3. Hold the stretch for 3 seconds. Step 4. Exhale, and slowly round your back
over a count of 5, dropping your head and tailbone down and pulling your belly inwards
Step 5. Hold the stretch for 3 seconds. To vary the stretch, rotate your midsection in
a clockwise circle as you arch up and then down. Repeat 5-8 times and then rotate counter-clockwise
for the same number of times. Step 6. Repeat the stretch 3-5 times in each direction. Did
you know Americans spend an estimated $24 billion a year on back pain treatments.