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Cat Stretch for Morning Back Pain Relief

One Minute to a Healthier You

Sometimes it's the little things we can do for optimal health and most of the time it just takes a few minutes, or even seconds, to get back on track.

Do you experience back pain in the morning? If so it's most likely because your back is stiffer and more vulnerable first thing in the morning because of increased fluid and increased pressure in the discs. Get things moving by starting off with a light and relaxing stretch called the Cat Stretch. Here's how you do it:

  • Get on your hands and knees in bed and very slowly, raise your head. As you do this, allow your back to fall into an arch.
  • Then very slowly stretch your spine in the opposite direction by dropping your chin toward your chest, while rounding out your back and raising it toward the ceiling.
  • Repeat the movement for about one minute or 10 times.


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behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 8 years
Thanks, fit! I love these "One minute to a healthier you" posts :)
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I prefer to have my husband rub my back in the morning. It always hurts so bad, no matter what position I sleep in. I have a tempurpedic bed, and it helped for a few years. But unfortunately I kept getting older.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
cmachter1...LOL!!!!!!!! He might get a little too into it, lol.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
cmachter1...<b>LOL!!!!!!!! He might get a little too into it, lol.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Can't say this has happened to me but at least now if it does I know what to do. :)
cmachter1 cmachter1 8 years
LOL....I don't think I will be making it out of bed any time soon doing this (hands and knees) yoga move on the bed while my husband is laying there!!!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
Yes, I have a VERY stiff lower back in the morning. It's scares me sometimes. Thank you for the tip!
SugarKat SugarKat 8 years
Cat to Cow. Over and over, slowly, breathe. Ahhhh. Love it!
ms_dior_cherie ms_dior_cherie 8 years
good to know
ms_dior_cherie ms_dior_cherie 8 years
good to know
lcterp lcterp 8 years
This is one of my favorite yoga moves!
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