The Cat Camel stretch is a commonly prescribed spine mobilization exercise for the purpose of reducing any friction at the joints of our spine. By reducing any built up friction at the spine, this helps spare the spine for activities such as a squat or deadlift were the shear stress may be high. Based off Dr. McGill’s research, performing about 6-8 repetitions seems to be sufficient in preparing the spine and anymore repetitions doesn’t seem to yield any additional benefits. In this video, I talk about how to perform the cat camel stretch and I also explain why this exercise has gotten a bit of a bad reputation for people with lower back pain, specifically flexion based issues.
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