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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.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

    Current as ofJune 4, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

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