Another great stretch for the low back and hip regions is the twist stretch.  A bit different than your typical piriformis stretches, the twist stretch hits the piriformis, glutes and lumbar spine erector spinae (or paraspinals).  Because of this, the twist stretch is great for relieving low back pain, hip pain, piriformis syndrome, and can even help in some cases of sciatica.

Watch the video below to learn the best technique for doing the twist stretch.  The key that you must remember when doing this low back stretch is to keep your lower back straight, so sitting up straight before twisting is imperative.  If you fail to do this important step, you do risk the potential for injury.  I find this point so important because I observe many people at the gym doing a twist stretch with rounded backs.  Listen, if you want to come see me as a herniated disk patient, then twist with a rounded back.  But if you would rather fix your low back pain, then twist with a straight back–simple as that.  Have fun twisting.

3 Responses to Twist Stretch Beats Low Back Pain

  1. Avatar Deena Smith says:

    Thanks for this great post! I usually have a daily stretching routine to help alleviate some of my Lumbar Pain but I will definitely be trying a few of your stretches next time! Thanks again!

  2. Thank you about this tips about kinds of stretching. This can surely help in my daily exercises. I will try one. DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit

  3. Avatar Barb says:

    Love, love this stretch and your explanation Dr. Nick!
    I have one client who is very tight with limited mobility, & I prop him up on a couple of yoga blocks to elevate his hips so that he’s able to sit fully upright. I hope this comment may help others in a similar situation!

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