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Back Exercises: Side Stretch

Man sitting in chair doing side stretch exercise.

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:

  • Stretch your right arm overhead.

  • 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: Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT
Online Medical Reviewer: Image reviewed by StayWell medical illustration team.
Online Medical Reviewer: Joseph, Thomas N., MD
Date Last Reviewed: 3/1/2018
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