Gravity. A poorly fitting chair. The emotions you feel during the day. Bad posture. Stress.
These are all things that can create compression in your lower back. And, as we all know, with compression comes pain. But you can reduce compression and relieve pain at any point during the day with this simple exercise.
Sit comfortably on your chair with your knees open to hip distance and your feet flat on the floor. Take a deep breath in and stretch your arms up overhead. Interlace your fingers and turn your palms towards the ceiling, pressing your sitting bones down while reaching up. Keep your arms straight alongside your ears and turn to the right, feeling the stretch on the left ribs and hip. Take five deep breaths, then switch sides.