Reaching Lateral Side Stretch
- Stand upright with your feet shoulder width apart
- Place one hand on your hip and extend your other arm
- Extend your arm above your head
- Slowly bend to the side
- Avoid bending forward
Primary muscles: Quadratus lumborum. External and internal obliques. Latissimus dorsi.
Secondary muscles: Teres minor. Iliocostalis lumborum. Intertransversarii. Rotatores. Multifidus.
Injury where stretch may be useful: Lower back muscle strain. Lower back ligament sprain. Abdominal muscle strain (obliques).
Note: Concentrate on keeping your upper body straight during this stretch. Avoid leaning forwards or backwards.