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Relieve Back Pain With These Chiropractor-Approved Stretches

If you’ve ever been to a chiropractor in search of pain relief, you know how good it can feel to walk out of a successful session. A licensed doctor of chiropractic is able to understand how to help you feel your best, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he or she will more than likely offer up some recommendations on certain lifestyle changes, and habits that may provide further pain relief and wellness.

One of the most common suggestions that chiropractors make to their patients is to start stretching more. Yes, something as seemingly simple as stretching really can improve your health, and decrease some symptoms of pain related conditions, as I found out in an informative post by Spine Care Chiropractic.

If you’re experiencing aches and pains in your back, neck, or joints, it would be wise of you to read on to learn which stretches may benefit you.

One of the best parts about using stretches to treat and possibly even prevent back pain is that it is a completely all natural treatment method. Why does stretching work so well to enhance our health? To look for ananswer to this, I think that it’s best to think of the body as a door. With regular movement, it can function properly. If it remains stationary and stagnant for long periods of time, it becomes rusty and harder to open and close. I always think of this analogy when I need a reminder to stretch more often – and I know that my tendons and ligaments are greatly benefiting from the regular movement and use.

Whether your back pain is caused by a chronic condition like arthritis, or a recent strain or injury, here are some of the best stretches to try, unless of course your doctor of chiropractic voices any objections. It’s a good idea to start with the Modified Cobra Stretch. Begin this pose by lying face down, body fully extended. From here, bend your elbows while placing your hands flat on the ground. Your hands should be even with your chest. Now raise your head and your upper body, by gently pressing down on the floor with your hands. Your pelvis should also remain parallel to the floor. Once your arms are fully extended, hold this position for ten seconds. You may repeat up to five times.

If you’re ready for a more advanced stretch, try the knee to chest stretch. Start flat on your back with both legs extended straight out. Lift one of your legs, bringing it towards your chest until you feel tension. Hold for ten to twenty seconds, depending on how advanced you are. Release and repeat on the opposite side.

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