Child’s pose is a yoga stretch which is often really useful when you have back pain. It works in a similar way to knee hugs – try both and see which you prefer.
1. Start in a kneeling position.
2. Stretch forwards and down, allowing your forehead to rest on the floor with your arms outstretched ahead of you.
3. Rest your buttocks onto your heels.
4. Breathe slowly and deeply. With each out breath allow your spine to relax and elongate.
5. Remain in this position for 10 breaths.
– Keep breathing normally while you stretch. Do not hold your breath.
– Stretch gently and slowly. You should be able to feel a stretching sensation but it should not hurt.
– If a stretch becomes painful, stop immediately and seek advice from your therapist.
– Only perform stretches which have been prescribed or approved by a qualified individual such as your GP, physiotherapist or osteopath.
If you suffer with back pain, osteopathy could help. Call me on 020 8520 5268 to find out more.