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Diagonal standing spinal stretches are prescribed for stretching the oblique and side muscles of the lower back and abdomen, breaking down possible adhesions around the spinal nerve roots, creating space and freeing up the sciatic nerve. This exercise is most effective when performed as a part of a spinal rehab program. Gets a bit technical and needs a qualified supervision when performed first time. 

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The correct way to do diagonal toe touches:

Diagonal toe touches for sciatica

  • Stand with your feet 1 metre (3 feet) apart and your hands by your sides.
  • Pulling in the tummy hard and clenching the buttocks, bend forward taking the right hand down towards the left ankle.
  • If possible, take your hand past the ankle and make small bounces, all the time keeping the tummy pulled in.
  • Keeping the hands low, return to the vertical in a diagonal unfurling action, initiated by your buttocks contracting and rolling the pelvis back. Do not take your hands above your head.
  • Repeat four times to the problem side to every one to the good side.


Your own physical condition and diagnosis may require specific modifications or precautions. Before undertaking any course of self-treatment you should consult a doctor or a physiotherapist.


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