Cat/Cow is a great exercise to ensure you’re getting good movement throughout your spine. When your spine is moving well, you’re less likely to suffer from common spinal injuries.
There are two parts to the Cat/Cow exercise. Start on all fours with your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Arch your back up like a cat, going long though your spine and tucking your chin.
After holding for five seconds, slowly arch your back the other way, going long through your sternum and lowering your bottom ribs towards the floor. This is Cow pose. Be careful not to overextend your neck – aim to look towards a skirting board rather than craning your neck back as far as you can. Hold for five seconds and then slowly alternate between the Cat and Cow poses. Aim to complete 10-15 repetitions, 1-2 times per day.
By adding Cat/Cow to general exercise like walking or swimming, in addition to regular chiropractic adjustments, you can help keep your spine moving at its best.