Dr. Sydney Bonnick, director of Osteoporosis Services at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, recommends doing this exercise for the spine: Lying on your stomach with a pillow under your pelvis, place your arms and hands palm sides positioned upward and alongside your body.
Anchor your feet under a bar at the bottom of a chair or under the sofa. Slowly raise your head and shoulders.
Hold and then lower them. Repeat this several times. If you already have spine fractures, do not do this exercise without first consulting with your doctor.
This is comparable to the cobra pose in yoga, except your hands are positioned palms down when doing the cobra.