Stretches to Eliminate Back Pain and a Stiff Neck
As a former commuter to work (over an hour one way for over 5 years), I’m all too familiar with low back and neck pain. Sitting in the car for hours a day for at least 5 days of the week will give you a sore lower back and a stiff neck before you know it. The best solution is to limit the time behind the wheel, but if you’re anything like me, that may not be an option that is available to you. Not to mention that people suffer from lower back pain and neck stiffness for an array of other reasons. If you suffer from pain in either of these regions, you know how debilitating it can be. Luckily, there are some simple stretches you can do to target the lower back. Here are some stretches to have your lower back feeling better than ever:
Chest Expansion- This stretch is very simple, and it is extremely effective as well. Take your hands behind your back and clasp your hands together. Then open the shoulders while simultaneously pushing your hands backward. This will open the shoulders and the pectoral muscles. Easing these muscles will help to alleviate soreness and will open the shoulder blades as well, which is where a lot of tension hides. For an even easier technique, bend at the waist letting your clasped hands fall towards the ground.
Hip and shoulder opener- Place your legs far apart as if you are doing a plie squat. Bend at the knees into a squat position. Place your hands on your knees, and in order to feel the stretch, push open the knees while also dipping one shoulder toward the ground. This will stretch multiple places on the body- the legs, the hips, and the shoulders, specifically.
Toe touch- This stretch is surprisingly difficult for a lot of people. Somehow, as we age, we lose a lot of flexibility and this is one place that sees the damage. To do a toe touch, keep your legs together and straight. Bend at the waist reaching your fingers toward your toes. Go as far as you can and hold. When done properly, this stretches both the back of the legs and the lower back.
Another great technique for getting rid of low back pain and neck stiffness is to see a chiropractor. A chiropractor at clinics like The Joint can perform manual spinal manipulation to get the spine in its proper alignment. This will help to eliminate and stave off pain in these areas. At The Joint, affordable prices and walk-in appointments can have you feeling better in no time.