Back stretching exercises could be the missing ingredient in your daily routine to give you the peak performance that you need! These simple daily stretches that take just minuets to perform, have the potential to improve not only your physical well-being, but are mentally therapeutic too.
Back Stretching Exercises
We all remember PE class…We all had our favorite games to play or not to play. Maybe we have memories of basketball, dodgeball, track and field days, fun times or maybe not so fun times. Maybe PE wasn’t your cup of tea, but there was one thing in common before the start of class. Anyone remember?
Touch your toes, lunges, arm stretches, painful stretches, stretches that felt good, and stretches that you thought no normal human being could perform! The seemingly ridiculous words of your coach would follow, “Stretching is good for you!” But, just how good for you was it? In this article we will look at some of the benefits of daily stretching, specifically back stretching exercises that you can do at home.
If we remember back to what our coach said, stretching, among other things, can decrease your risk of injury. As we stretch, our body will supply nutrients to our muscles, speeding recovery to those areas and joints that may be sore or stiff. It can also increase our range of motion and flexibility, minimizing the risk of potential injury while performing daly activities. Stretching also leads to better blood circulation, improved energy levels, and reduced muscle soreness. Each day, we all give our back a good work out. Just like stretching your legs before and after running or your arms when lifting weights, by doing back stretching exercises, we insure that our back, neck and spine are better prepared to bear the load of all of our work and activities. Here are just a few back stretching exercises that you can do daily:
The Spine Stretch
- Sit Flat on the floor with your legs straight out and spread wider that your hips.
- Place your hands flat on the floor between your legs and nod your head forward.
- Slowly bend at the hips, breathing normal.
- As you go down, draw your chin into your neck and slide your hands forward on the floor
The Cat Stretch
- Get on your hands and knees like you are crawling
- Slowly alternate between arching and rounding your back
- Easy! Don’t force it.
- This will work all 3 sections of your back, upper, middle and lower.
Spinal Trunk Rotation
- Lie on your back and bring your legs up together, bending them at the knees.
- You should look like you are sitting in a chair, only you’re on your back.
- Place your palms flat on the floor
- Take deep breath, slowly exhale as you count down from four, and you bring your knees down slowly on the right side of your body.
- Repeat on the left side.
These are just a few quick back stretching exercises to add to your daily routine to improve your flexibility, and aid in the overall health of your spine. As always, if you or anyone you know have questions, please feel free to contact your Edmond chiropractor, Dr Ryan Hooper for general information or to schedule an appointment.