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Do you do spinal twists to stretch your low back? This is why you shouldn’t.

The Spinal twist, commonly used to stretch the lower back is an exercise that is actually not the best stretch for your back!

 

Surprised? Many clients are when we explain why.

Here are two common variations typically used in training sessions, yoga classes or pilates DVDs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is this stretch something you should avoid?

Take a look at this diagram outlining where your body should have stability and which parts of your body should have mobility.

 

If you look at the ‘stable joints’ the low back is actually at point in the body where we want to promote and foster stability versus increased mobility. The spinal twist pushes the body into a rotation movement. Instead we like use a stretch that stabilizes the low back and allows for rotation and twisting to happen a t-spine (aka upper back).

 

 

So what should you do instead? Find out more from our TT Physiotherapist Cassie!

 

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