Quick Tip: Is your lower back achy?

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Exercises, Stretches

Thanks to the popularity of yoga, a lot of our clients know how important it is to release tension in the hips. But while pigeon pose, which targets the external hip rotators, is taught all the time, we rarely see clients working on their internal hip rotation. Scott Schwartz has found that many of his clients who come in with lower back pain are actually able to get some relief by working the internal hip rotators. In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott demonstrates a nice way to do just that.

Start by lying on your back with your arms out to the side and your knees bent. Bring one knee at a time across your body, allowing your hip to lift up. Start pretty gently, without bringing your knee too far across the body. After 10 repetitions this way, go ahead and try a variation by bringing your knee further and allowing your hips to twist until the knee touches down. If you feel any pain here, revert back to the first variation, or just stop and give us a call. Enjoy, and see if this gets you any relief in the lower back!