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Upper Body Extension:
With pillow supporting abdomen, clasp hands behind back
and lift upper body from floor. Keep chin tucked while
lifting.
Arm / Leg Extension: Alternate (All-Fours):
Raise right arm and opposite leg. Do not arch neck.
Mid-Back Rotation Stretch:
Reach to each side as far as possible, keeping chest low
to floor.
Thoracolumbar Side-Bend: Single Arm:
Reach over head to other
side with right arm until
stretch is felt.
Flexibility: Upper Trapezius:
Gently grasp right side of
head while reaching behind
back with other hand. Tilt
head away until a gentle
stretch is felt.
Levator Scapula Stretch:
Place left hand on same side
shoulder blade. With other hand,
gently stretch head down and
away.
Stretching: Hamstring (Sitting):
With right leg straight, tuck other foot near groin. Reach
down until stretch is felt in back of thigh. Keep back straight.
Scapular Retraction (Standing):
With arms at sides, pinch shoulder blades together.
Cervico-Thoracic:
Extension / Rotation (Sitting):
Reach across body with left arm and grasp back of chair. Gently
look over right side shoulder.
Thoracolumbar Side-Bend: Bolster (Side-Lying):
Lie on right side, bolster at hip crest level. Support neck with lower arm, top arm slack above head. Hold and relax.
Lumbar Rotation: Caudal
– Bilateral (Supine):
Feet and knees together, arms outstretched, rotate knees
left , turning head in opposite direction, until stretch is felt.
Hold and relax.
 

 

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