Passive Backbend

Purpose

Backbending is often deemed unsafe and scary for those with osteoporosis. However, this movement is very small and gentle. It is intended to safely and slowly reverse that forward rounded position that can develop over time.

This stretch may provide back pain relief.

Set up

Start by standing with your hands on your hips.

Movement

Gently push your hips forward, aiming your upper body and rib cage up towards the ceiling. Hold for 2-3 seconds before returning back to an upright position.

Tips

  • Only bend as far back as you feel comfortable.
  • You should not feel pain.
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