The Canadian Open – Thoracic Spine Open Books
To prevent lower back pain, it is paramount your thoracic spine (mid-back) is free to rotate. A restricted thoracic spine may cause the lumbar spine (low-back) to compensate and assist with rotation — a motion the lower back is not designed to do!
- Lie on your side with your knees bent at the level of your hips
- Keeping your knees in contact with the ground, try to rotate your top arm all the way across your body
- Try to touch your forearm to the ground, keeping your arm at chest level
- Return to the starting position and repeat
- Perform 3 sets of 10 repetitions on both sides