The Exercise
Have your client begin on all fours. As she inhales she should drop her belly, letting her back arch, but keeping her shoulders rolled back and down while looking forward and slightly upward. As she exhales she should press into her hands and round her upper back while looking in toward her belly.

This is commonly known as a “Cat stretch” because it looks like a cat raising it’s back. Have her continue moving on her arch up and down as she inhales and exhales.
Repeat at least 5 times.

This stretch will help gently strengthen your client’s lower back muscles, which will decrease hip and lower back pain. As a bonus, it can also increase spine mobility and the circulation of her spinal fluid, which can help ward off new pain.

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