Explore movement

Bend, extend, twist and stretch. Movement is safe and helpful for the back, even when things hurt. Focus on feeling relaxed through the movement, doing as much or as little as you are comfortable with. Aim to make it a daily routine or incorporate it as shorter ‘movement snacks’ throughout the day. This is also beneficial before or after any ‘Muscle Work’ or ‘Energise’ programme. To progress, consider adding more time and/or additional exercises.

Note: It is also helpful to relax and reduce overprotectiveness with everyday movements like bending, twisting, and lifting. Engaging in leisurely activities such as walking, swimming, going to the gym and gardening can be beneficial too. For inspiration, you can check out the NHS fitness studio for some follow-along ideas.

35. The cobra

36. Groin gappers

37. Bum to heels

38. Child's pose

39. Thread the needle

40. Cat camels

41. Touch your little toe

42. Touch your big toe

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