Back Exercises: Seated Rotation

Man sitting in chair with hands on knees. Man sitting in chair doing seated rotation exercise.

To start, sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Shift your weight slightly forward so you won't round your back. Relax. Keep your ears, shoulders, and hips aligned:

  • Fold your arms and elbows just below shoulder height.

  • Turn from the waist with hips forward. Turn your head last. Don't push through pain.

  • Hold for a count of  10 to 30. Return to starting position.

  • Repeat  3 to 5 times on one side. Then switch sides.

Stop the exercise if it causes pain. Talk about it with your physical therapist or provider.

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