Press-up back extensions

Picture of a press-up back extension exercise to help low back pain
  • Lie on your stomach, supporting your body with your forearms.
  • Press your elbows down into the floor to raise your upper back. As you do this, relax your stomach muscles and allow your back to arch without using your back muscles. As your press up, do not let your hips or pelvis come off the floor.
  • Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, then relax.
  • Repeat 2 to 4 times.

Last Updated: February 3, 2010

Author: Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH

Medical Review: William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics

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