Whether you are currently experiencing any form of chronic or acute back pain or not, it is always important to make sure that your back and spine are in good working order. Just as you know the importance of taking care of your body by doing regular exercise and eating a healthy and nutritious diet, it is equally important to know what you can do to keep your back healthy and strong. While this is especially true for people who live with chronic back pain, even people who are not currently experiencing any discomfort should be in the know when it comes to preventing back pain and strains.
There are particular exercises and stretches that most people should be sure to perform on a regular basis in addition to their regular exercise and fitness routine in order to ensure the health of their back muscles and joints. I recently came across a very informative and helpful article post by How Stuff Works that goes into great detail about this very topic; mainly, the best stretches that will keep your back and spine healthy and happy. I would be glad to share what I learned from the article here with you now.
The most important aspect of these stretches is to keep the muscles, ligaments, and soft tissues around your spinal column flexible, loose, and mobile. Before you get started on doing these helpful stretches, remember this very important tip: make sure that the stretch only produces a mild amount of tension in the area being stretched out. If you feel any sort of dull or sharp pain during the stretch, stop immediately. Also, it is important to remember to let the muscle completely relax once the stretch is over in order to avoid any sort of strain or unnecessary tension.
A simple hamstring stretch is a great way to start off. You can start by lying down on your back directly facing an open doorway. Your left leg should be lying stretched out on the floor in front of you as you slowly lift your right leg up towards the ceiling, allowing it to rest on the wall or door frame (your right buttock should be pressed lightly against the door or wall). Hold this position for ten seconds before slowly releasing and alternating to the other leg.
A simple press-up can also help. Lie on your stomach with your hands under your shoulders. Press your upper body off the floor, making sure your hips are still making contact with the floor. You should resemble a sphinx. Hold for ten seconds before releasing.
In addition to practicing helpful stretches at home, you may find great benefit from regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to improve not just back health, but overall physical and mental health as well.
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