When performing back stretches it is beneficial to have a basic understanding of the anatomy of the back.
To start things off let’s look at the Spine as it is composed of 33 vertebrae that are divided into 5 sections that I will quickly outline below:
The muscles of the back have a large job to do, as most body weight lies anterior to the spine which means strong back muscles are necessary.
There are two major groups of back muscles – extrinsic and intrinsic back muscles.
Both of these are then broken down into other groupings as shown below:
Extrinsic Back Muscles
Intrinsic Back Muscles
Benefits To Back Stretches
It is very important to maintain full mobility within the spine and surrounding muscles to prevent injuries and postural problems, especially with the daily stresses of gravity and activity.
The benefits of stretching the back are:
Back Stretching Exercises
Sitting Lumbar Stretch
Supine Lumbar Flexion
Supine Lumbar Rotation
Cat and Cow Stretch
Bent Over S.I. Stretch