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Back Stretching Exercises You Can Do At Home

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?

Stretches!

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.

 

 

 

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Edmond Chiropractor: How Athletes benefit from Chiropractic care

Edmond Chiropractor: Why athletes should visit the Chiropractor

Sports are great. They can teach kids about hard work and working with a team, they can help keep us in shape and they can build self-confidence. But sports can also take a toll on our bodies. From normal wear and tear to serious injuries, pushing our bodies to the extremes of activity so often can lead to many problems in every day life. Here’s how visiting the Edmond Chiropractor can help.

Undo normal wear and tear: It doesn’t matter what sport you play, all of them will involve some level of wear and tear on your body that’s just part of it. You shouldn’t let that stop you from letting you play them though as the benefits are worth it. And much of this wear can be undone with regular chiropractic care. Whenever the body, especially the spine, become out of line it can cause areas of irritation and make you less able to perform.  Regular alignments and adjustments from a licensed chiropractor can reduce much of this irritation and help improve overall performance by keeping the body in it’s best shape.

Injury Prevention: A chiropractor can work with you to find the weak points in your skeleton and nervous system and help you prevent potential injuries. A good chiropractor will treat your whole body, not just the spine and back. Again, this can also help improve performance by keeping the body in it’s best shape possible. Injury prevention is key to keeping you healthy as you push your body to the limit as an athlete.

Decrease overall pain: As has been mentioned before but it bears repeating. Regular chiropractic care can help keep the pain that comes from regular sports play at bay. Working out soreness and keeping the nervous system and skeleton aligned and working.

Need an adjustment? Looking to reduce joint pain? Call Hooper Chiropractic, Edmond Chiropractor, today at 405-285-7325!

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Edmond Chiropractor Provides 4 Tips For A Healthy Spine

Edmond Chiropractor: Helping You Keep Your Spine Happy

Do you ever feel like things are going so well that you don’t need to visit our Edmond chiropractor or your local chiropractic office? It can be easy to feel as though you have everything under control.

Of course, habitual routines are what keep you healthiest. You don’t stop visiting the dentist for routine checkups just because you brush your teeth every day, right? With that being said, our Edmond chiropractor cares about the overall well-being of every patient. Even if you do come in for regular adjustments to your spine, keeping your spine happy can often require a bit of upkeep outside of the office, as well.

Today, our Edmond chiropractor is sharing 4 simple tips to help you keep your spine healthy, even in between visits.

1.) Get Enough Proper Rest: Improper sleep patterns and positions are often bigger problems than many adults realize. Think about the fact that your spine keeps you in a balanced, upright position all day long. Just like the rest of your body, it needs to be properly supported when you’re sleeping and it needs to rest for adequate amount of time!

2.) Eat A Healthy Diet: When you make choices that are healthiest for your body you’ll feel better overall. A healthy diet with plenty of green vegetables (kale, chard, collard greens, etc.) can help the body get enough proper nutrients to function at its very best, including the nervous system!

3.) Find Time For Exercise: Even if all you do every single day is jump on a mini-trampoline (Rebounder) for 15 minutes a day, it would be good enough to get your muscles, lymph nodes, and organs moving. Keeping the rest of your body active is actually very important to spinal health as the strengthened muscles help keep those body parts in their proper place.

4.) Maintain Decent Posture: Slouching is the quickest path to an unhealthy spine and you’ll have more pain to deal with in the long run. You can become aware of your posture by how you sit, stand, and stretch out before sleep. During the day try to make an effort to sit up straight. When you’re walking make sure your shoulders are down, neck is long, and back is straight. Before bed, try to stretch out as long as you can before relaxing.

Our Edmond chiropractor hopes that these simple tips help you maintain a healthy and happy spine. Should you need to come in for an adjustment, you may make an appointment by calling us at 405-285-7325 or by clicking here.