Therapy Center Stretch Tip: Cat-Camel

Ever wonder what stretches you can do at home to improve your overall well-being? Therapy Center asked our Physical Therapist, Kassy, what stretch she would suggested for people who sit for long periods of time throughout the day. The answer – CAT CAMEL!

The Cat Camel stretch is a good, gentle mobilization of the spine and works on stretching and strengthening core muscles. It can help with pain of the low or mid back and should only be performed to tolerance.

Step 1: Set up is in quadruped position, on all fours. Hands are under shoulders and knees are under hips. Drop head down and contracting abdominal muscles, raise your belly button up towards the ceiling. Hold this position for 10 seconds.

Step 2: Slowly raise the head up while dropping belly button as low to the mat as you can, arching your back. Hold this position for 10 seconds.

Switch back and forth between these two positions in a slow and controlled manner.

The Cat-Camel exercise can help prevent or improve postural deficits, especially for those who work at a desk or those who sit for prolong periods throughout the day.


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