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Stretching those muscles is an important step in recovery. Although your lower back may feel a little tight, these stretches shouldn’t hurt, so stop if they do. It’s also a good idea to check with your doctor before performing this routine. And remember, strengthening your back will help you avoid lower back pain in the future.

1. Child’s pose

When you’re in child’s pose, remember to relax all of the muscles in your back.

Kneel on the floor with your toes together and knees hip-width apart. Lower your chest in between your knees and rest your forehead on the floor. Stretch your arms out in front of you. Stay in this position for five deep breaths.

2. Cat-camel

Cat-camel, or cat-cow, is a yoga pose that’s perfect for stretching your lower back. Remember to go at your own pace, and don’t over-arch your back.

Start on the floor on your hands and knees. As you inhale, pull your stomach in, round your back, and tuck your head into your chest. Exhale as you arch your back and lift your head. Repeat five to ten times.

3. Knees-to-chest

This is a simple stretch that can provide considerable relief for lower back muscles.

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet on the ground. Bring your knees to your chest. Wrap your arms around your shins and keep your back flat on the floor. Stay in this position for one to two minutes.

4. Ragdoll fold

Ragdoll fold, or forward fold, is great for lower back pain.

Stand with your legs hip-width apart. Bend your knees. Take a deep breath in and bend at your waist so that your chest drapes over your thighs. You can let your hands hang just like a ragdoll or grab your elbows with opposite hands. Hold for 20 seconds. Slowly roll your chest back up using your abdominal muscles.

5. Seated spinal twist

Not only does the seated spinal twist help with back pain, but it also improves posture. In this position, make sure you keep your hips level on the ground.

Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Take your right foot and place it on the outside of your left leg. Lift your left arm up and wrap it around your right leg. Your left hand should be somewhere alongside your outer right thigh. Hold this twist for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat on the other side.