Yoga Back Stretching Exercises | Cat and Cow Pose

To be effective, an exercise must have both focus and purpose.

Pain usually concentrates the attention and stretching exercises provide immediate relief.

Here are some yoga stretches for back pain. Always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Back pain can indicate serious health issues.

That said. A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that yoga and stretching classes may help manage symptoms and reduce pain medication use.

Cat and Cow Pose

This is a popular yoga pose for back pain relief. It can be used as a warm-up or routine.

Begin on all fours, avoiding pain in your wrists or knees. Exhale and round your back to a cow pose. Inhale and arch your back to the floor. Hold for a few seconds before returning to the cow pose.

Visualize that you are relaxing deeper with each repetition.