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Back Exercises: Side Bend Stretch

Man bending arm over head to stretchMan sitting upright in a chair

To start, sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Shift your weight slightly forward to avoid rounding your back. Relax. Keep your ears, shoulders, and hips aligned. Or you can start in a standing position (not shown) with your arms by your side and your feet shoulder-width apart. Next:

  • Stretch your right arm overhead. Or you can lift both arms over your head and clasp your hands, pulling your shoulders gently back.

  • Slowly bend to the left. Don’t twist your torso. Stay within your pain limits.

  • Hold for  20 seconds. Return to starting position.

  • Repeat  2 to 5 times. Then switch to the other side.

Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Thomas N Joseph MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Trina Bellendir PT
Date Last Reviewed: 7/1/2021
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