Back Exercises: Side Stretch

Man sitting in chair doing side stretch exercise.

To start, sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Shift your weight slightly forward to avoid rounding your back. Relax. Keep your ears, shoulders, and hips aligned:

  • Stretch your right arm overhead.

  • Slowly bend to the left. Don’t twist your torso. Stay within your pain limits.

  • Hold for 20 seconds. Return to starting position.

  • Repeat 2 to 5 times. Then, switch to the other side.