Many of you will spend hours during the day, probably sitting at a desk, in a flexed position which puts unnecessary pressure on your lower back and lumbar spine region. In order to counter this static flexed posture you need to stretch your body into full extension. One of the ways in which you can do this is by using a swiss ball. Lie back on the ball until you find your point of balance and extend your body fully so that your back, neck and head follow the curve of the ball. Reach your hands over your head and rest them on the floor to steady yourself. Engage your buttocks and push your hips upwards, relax into the position and hold for up to 5 minutes. You can get the same lower back extension by lying on your back on the floor and arching your back over a foam roller. Both a swiss ball and a foam roller can be purchased from Physio Supplies through the link at the bottom of this page.