Stretch Your Spine in McHenry
McHenry's patients talk about the chiropractic care they receive from OrthoIllinois Chiropractic does wonders for their spine pain relief. Using the chiropractic flexion-distraction and decompression adjustment, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic stretched their spine in just the right way. Are you recovering from a back injury or just want to maintain a pain-free lifestyle? With all the good things being said, you are tempted to take one of OrthoIllinois Chiropractic's chiropractors home with you! All kidding aside, there are a basic set of back stretches you can do in the privacy of your home. Stretching exercises are a great start. Exercise and stretching combine with any chiropractic care you are receiving. Take charge of your spinal condition and help maintain spinal pain relief through stretching.
Weak, tight muscles are often troublesome for low back pain sufferers. Muscles of the back, belly and buttocks support the spine. They are often referred to as the core muscles. Stretching can help release joint and muscle tension as well as increase your spinal flexibility.
Simple Backstretches and Spinal Stretches for McHenry Patients
Stability Ball: Relax and Stretch
Much like the yoga pose, the "Cat Stretch", where you position yourself on hands and knees and stretch your spine upwards is the stability ball back stretch exercise
. Using the stability ball makes it a little easier to support your position of stretch. You can benefit by just lying over the ball stretching the full spine: the lumbar spine, thoracic spine, cervical spine. Even though "just lying over the ball" seems easy, you will find that your sense of balance is challenged making you aware of muscle groups you may not have been noticing before. All this is helps in your recovery, to maintain a pain-free lifestyle. One report states that performing spinal muscle exercises on a stability ball could reduce low back loading and thereby reduce the potential for re-injuring your back (1). As you recover from your spinal pain condition, you will want to build underused muscles to maintain a pain free lifestyle, but that is for another article. In the meantime, focus on stretching your spine for pain relief with simple back stretches.
Knee Chest Exercise
Another exercise easy to do anywhere, unaided by equipment, is the knee-chest exercise. You can do the knee-chest exercise lying in bed, on the floor, or even on the couch. It not only effectively stretches the spine, but also stretches the hamstring and gluteus muscles. As it stretches and relaxes the spine, improves flexibility, and feels well.
Be sure to check with OrthoIllinois Chiropractic first before starting any exercises not yet recommended to you. If we have discussed your readiness to exercise, start stretching your spine to relax the back and improve your flexibility today.
Contact OrthoIllinois Chiropractic with any questions you might have.