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  • Lie on your stomach, supporting your body with your forearms.
  • Press your elbows down into the floor to raise your upper back. As you do this, relax your stomach muscles and allow your back to arch without using your back muscles. As your press up, do not let your hips or pelvis come off the floor.
  • Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, then relax.
  • Repeat 2 to 4 times.
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Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Current as of March 12, 2014

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