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Backward Bend

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  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart, toes pointing forward. Do not lock your knees.
  • Place your hands on your back, palms at your waist.
  • Lengthen up through your spine, all the way through the crown of your head.
  • Keeping your legs straight, bend backward over your hands without arching your neck.
  • Hold the pose for 1 to 2 seconds.
  • Return to standing. Repeat 3 to 10 times.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, MD
Current as of May 23, 2013

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: May 23, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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