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Chiropractic and Stretches May Ease Lower Back Pain

By Sandy Schroeder

When you work too much and rest too little, lower back pain may catch up with you, but there are ways to turn things around.

Getting chiropractic help and adding daily stretches may ease lower back pain as you become more limber and active.

The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you staffs a wellness center with licensed chiropractors who are well equipped to help.

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When you come in, you will find out how a healthy spine can improve overall health. The spine helps us spin through our day, and the central nervous system inside coordinates everything with crucial brain-to-body communication. When the spine is healthy everything works better.

A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may ease aches and pains and open the door to better sleep, more alertness and more energy. As you evaluate your benefits, you may use weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments to stay at your peak.

At the same time, you may want to try some simple stretches that will improve flexibility, helping you move better with less pain. I have friends who use this combination of chiropractic and stretching to ease their lower back pain and stay active. One works full time and takes classes at night. She said she could never manage all of that without the help of chiropractic and exercise.

Stretch Away from Pain

As always, check with your doctor before beginning new exercises.

Prevention suggests doing each stretch for at least 10 seconds and using soothing music as you relax and breathe deeply.

Stretch with a twist - Lie flat on your back on a mat with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Stretch arms out to form a T and keep shoulders flat on the mat. Gently roll knees to one side, hold, and then roll knees to the other side. Use a pillow to cushion the stretch if you need support.

Do a child's pose - Begin on a mat on hands and  knees. Reach arms out in front of you and put palms flat on the floor. Move hips back toward heels and drop head and chest down extending arms farther forward. Use a pillow for support if you need it.

Do a cat and cow stretch - Start on a mat on hands and knees. Then round your back and lower your head just like a cat stretches. Hold for five seconds. Then relax and raise your head and gently arch your lower back. Continue gently switching back and forth for 10 seconds at a time.

When you are ready to ease lower back pain, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your community. Clinics are open weekends and evenings. Affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance and no appointments are needed.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lexington, S.C.

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