Today we are looking at a technique called the counter stretch. This exercise can be done anywhere, even at a gas station, when you are taking a rest on a long drive.
When you drive for a long time, both your lumbar and thoracic spine will go into flexion. This technique is a great way of promoting extension through the entire spine.
Here's how to perform the stretch:
- Stand at the back of your car
- Place your feet underneath your hips
- Place your hands on your car at chest level
- Move your chest down to the floor
- Once you get into that position, tighten your thighs, and hold for one minute.
The biggest mistake that people make with this exercise is holding the stretch with a rounded back instead of a flat or extended back. To avoid this, keep your hips back, and move your chest straight down to the floor.
Give it a try next time you stop for a fuel break, and see how you feel!