How to mobilise your back

Too much sitting can weaken our back muscles, so try these 5 simple stretches help to increase mobility, reduce stiffness, improve circulation and help take back pain away – backs are made for moving!
No need for gym gear or any special equipment – all you need is you. Whether it be at your desk, at home or even on your daily commute – these can be done anywhere.

If at any time you feel pain doing these stretches, be sure to stop; stretches should feel comfortable. Go slowly and let your body have time to stretch. You should feel the positive benefits the more you keep stretching.

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SPINAL STRETCH

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  • Feet hip width apart
  • Raise your arms, palms to ceiling – go slowly
  • Reach as high as you can comfortably. Release as you breathe out and lower your arms to the side. Repeat x2

LATERAL FLEXION

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  • Stand tall –  slowly, slide your hand down the side of your leg
  • Keep the opposite shoulder down
  • Pause a moment and slowly come back up to centre
  • Then do the other side. Repeat x2 on each side

FLEX

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  • Stand by your desk, feet hip
    width apart
  • Place your hands or elbows on
    the desk to take the pressure off your back
  • Slowly start to arch your back as if someone was lifting you between your shoulder blades. Allow your head and neck to relax down
  • Tuck in your tailbone, engage your butt, hold

EXTEND 

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  • Drop your tummy down and dip your back
  • Bring your head up slowly
  • Repeat the sequence x2

ROTATE

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  • Stand, feet hip width apart, clench butt and pull your tummy in. Keep your hips facing forward and stretch your arms out
  • Cross right hand over your body and place palm on left hip then take it back to where we started and take left hand across body to right hip
  • Gradually move up the body rotating and placing your hands to your waist, then up to shoulders. Repeat x2