What is the best method for stretching your back?

Liane Stumpf
Hello, I think for stretching your back, it depends on if you have ever injured it or not. If you have, you might check with your Doctor, Chiropractor and/or Physical Therapist to see if they have any recommendations.

In general, for me, slow movements stretching forward then arching back is good. Of course, having stronger stomach muscles helps your back, so I will sometimes tighten my stomach muscles when doing the lean forward part.

Moving your shoulders forward, then back can both relieve tension in your back and chest.

Raising one arm at a time and leaning toward the opposite side and then moving it around seems to help me with shoulder tension as well as my back.

Adolfine Lücke
I’ve suffered with a tricky back for over 20 years. Many believe that pain in the back can be relieved by stretching the back in some way. This can be the case for middle to upper back. My experience is with my lower back. The key to a good lower back are these 3 things:
1) stretching everything below your lower back – hip flexors, hamstrings, quads, calves, glutes (all 3 muscle groups).
2)This is best supported by a daily core work out.
3) good form and an understanding of the difference between working a muscle (many people get frustrated with stretching because they are actually doing an isometric exercise, not stretching the muscle and never get more flexibility) and stretching a muscle and associated tendons and ligaments. Relaxation is the key to stretching. As an example: Muscles are there to support your structure among other things, now imagine someone with super tight hamstrings bending forward to perform a stretch and hanging the entire weight of their upper body on their hamstrings, muscles are awesome but they are dumb. This muscle will engage to support the excess weight and stretch and begin to protect. To protect itself and it’s owner the muscle flexes and badaboom badabing you’re exercising and not stretching. It’s best to use supports and find the relaxation in the stretching to get great gains.

Ida Olsen
For your lower back. On your back, arms spread out, palms on the ground. Knees bent. Lower your knees to one side, then back, then down to the other side. Repeat

Jonas Poulsen
I don’t know the best way, although this is something I am concerned about. Yoga has helped me to develop some body consciousness, but I feel Like having a lot to learn before.

Anna Petersen
For me the plank exercise works best. Stretching the lower back can be a hard spot to knock out the tension, but planking helps to release it.

Elias Rasche
Sit at desk. Put hands at edge of desk. roll chair away and bend forward keeping hands on desk. Stop when u feel stretch in back. Hold for 1-2 minutes. Repeat