To increase the strength of the lumbar spine by engaging the lumbar erector spinae muscles (muscles of the low back).
Lie face down on a flat surface with legs straight. If possible keep the top of your feet flat against the floor. Placea flat pillow under your chest for comfort and support. Place the palms of both hands flat on the ground by the sides of each shoulder with elbows tucked close to your torso.
Slowly raise your upper back just a few inches off the floor by contracting the muscles of the lower back. Hold the position for 10-20 seconds whilst breathing slowly and deeply. Return to starting position, relax and repeat. Keep your head and neck straight with your chin slightly tugged down.
You can increase the level of difficulty by placing your hands higher or towards your head and conversely make it easier by placing your hands lower near your body. If you have a neck problem do not extend your neck.
Do not perform this exercise without advice from your osteopath.