Week 6: Child’s Pose/Prayer Stretch
by Trent Brooke, DPT
AZOPT Goodyear Physical Therapist
Type of stretch: Static
Start in a kneeling position. Sit back onto your heels as much as you can with your knees apart. Reach forward and walk your hands out on the floor in front of you. You can also walk both of your hands out to the right or left to focus on a single side.
Why perform the Child’s Pose or Prayer Stretch?
This is a great stretch for the middle and low back muscles. It also can stretch out the lats (latissimus dorsi), shoulders, and chest, if you are tight. The prayer stretch can help improve lumbar range of motion, contribute to decreasing low back pain, and prevent future back pain and injuries.