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Back Exercises: Leg Reach

Woman on all fours with back straight.

Woman on all fours with one leg stretched out behind.

Do this exercise on your hands and knees. Keep your knees under your hips and your hands under your shoulders. Keep your spine in a neutral position (not arched or sagging). Be sure to maintain your neck’s natural curve:

  • Extend one leg straight back. Don’t arch your back or let your head or body sag.

  • Hold for  5 seconds. Return to starting position.

  • Repeat 5 times.

  • Switch legs. 

Stop the exercise if it causes pain. Talk about it with your physical therapist or provider.

Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Thomas N Joseph MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Trina Bellendir PT
Date Last Reviewed: 7/1/2021
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