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Let us go on a journey, down the spine ... all the way down. Where do you reach? The region that is most vulnerable to stress and strain. Yes! I’m talking about the lumbar region or in more common terminology – the lower back.The Mayo Clinic states that most people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. The Spine-health states that lower back pain can be caused by a variety of problems with any parts of the complex, interconnected network of spinal muscles, nerves, bones, discs or tendons in the lumbar spine.
• Stretch your legs as far as you can while placing your palms, on the floor right beside your chest, a little below your armpits.
• Keeping the lower body on the ground, lift your torso with your arms, from where they have been placed (right beside your chest).
• Raise your upper half of the body as high as you can while your face is facing straight (keep your neck lengthed ... don't crunch!) like a cobra that has lifted its head and upper half to be alert. Check out this Cobra Pose Video for a visual demonstration.
The Hamstring Stretch
• Lie flat on the floor, slowly bend your right knee into your chest and place a strap or rolled-up towel on the midfoot or the arch of your foot creating a strap.
• Straighten your leg toward the ceiling.
• Press out through both heels.
• If the lower back feels strained, bend the left knee and place the foot on the ground.
• Hold for 3-5 minutes and then switch to the left let for 3-5 minutes