Lower Back Stretches.Lower Back Stretches are a great example of how you can manage your own health - both for injury prevention and pain relief.
Stretching is a very important part of our overall health. There are two main ways of stretching - "consciously" and "non-consciously".
"Conscious" stretching is where you address a particular muscle or part of your body and perform a specific stretching technique to stretch it.
"Unconscious" stretching is where you stretch various body parts and muscles through movements involved in your everyday activities and functions.
Both conscious and non-conscious stretching is equally important to the overall equilibrium and health of our bodies and minds. I frequently see with my own clients that our lower backs are often forgotten about when it comes to conscious stretching. Most of us are aware that we have to stretch the muscles of our legs and arms if we are involved in exercise, but many of us don't stretch our backs. I am frequently asked how important is it to stretch my back?
The answer, my friend, is that it is very important to stretch your back regardless of whether you are involved in exercise performance or not. Let's talk in more detail about both conscious and non-conscious Lower Back Stretches.
Do you ever wonder why young children never need to stretch? The reason for this is because they move in all directions every day. They stretch their arms legs and bodies in a wonderful combination of uninhibited movements which leaves them well stretched and feeling well!
Adults, on the other hand, DO NOT!
Stretching of your lower back has become even more important in recent years as a result of excess sitting in most of our lifestyles. Many people sit all day at work. Then they drive long commutes in and out of work-again sitting. And at the end of their long day they sit on a soft sofa to recover! Or so they think!
When you sit for long periods of time your muscles tighten and mould to this posture. As a result you can end up feeling tight and achy! If you feel these symptoms start stretching your lower back before an injury results.
Conscious stretching is even more important - as a result of our lack of varied movement patterns in our lifestyles. But, before I talk to you about specific lower back stretches I encourage you to play like a child to help the overall health of your back!
These are specific lower back stretches to loosen and release tension in your back. I am going to talk you through a few of the most frequently used stretches that I advise my clients on a daily basis.
1. Back Extension stretches:
Purpose: - This exercise is good for counteracting all the strain on your back from prolonged sitting and bending activities.
2. Back rotation stretches:
Purpose: - This exercise is good for stretching the muscles and ligaments of your lower sides and back.
3. Hamstring Stretch:
Purpose: Not specifically Lower Back Stretches - but these stretches are important as tight hamstrings are a common cause of lower back pain.
4. Lower back flexion stretch:
Purpose: - this stretch is good for stretching your lower back and hips.
Remember that it is never advisable to do too much of anything! Sitting for long periods of time is not good for us. However, I appreciate many of you have to sit at your desks or computers for long periods in order to pay your bills!! If you have a sitting job please do extension exercises described above frequently throughout your day to avoid back pain. If they causes pain or discomfort or your existing back pain continues seek professional help.
Never exercise through back pain - other than that, keep up those Lower Back Stretches!
Want to hear what other people are doing to Manage and Prevent Back Pain?
Subscribe to my monthly email newsletter, "Healthy Back - Healthy Life". Full of tips on how to get back pain out of your life.
Further References:Causes of Lower Back Pain
Lower Right Vs. Left Back Pain
Low Back Pain Exercises
Lower Back and Groin Pain
Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy
Lower Back Surgery
Back Pain Overview
Back Pain Products
Back Pain Types
Back Pain Management
Specific Back Pain
[?] Subscribe To This Site
Return to top | Home |
Good Posture | Spine Anatomy | Lower Back Pain |
Upper Back Pain | Middle Back Pain | Neck Pain Relief | Shoulder Pain
| Hip Pain | Buttocks Pain | Back Pain Remedies |
Back Pain Relief Products | Back Surgery | Exercises for Back Pain | Pregnancy and Back Pain |
Whiplash | TMJ Pain | Sciatica Treatment | Back Arthritis |
Spinal Stenosis | Scoliosis | Herniated Disc | Tendonitis |
Bursitis | Pilates Exercises |
Disclaimer | Privacy | Sitemap | Contact Us |
The information on this web site does not replace specific medical advice. It should only be used to complement advice from your doctor. Always seek in-person advice from a doctor or other qualified health provider for your particular condition.