When it comes to maintaining your physical health, many Arlington chiropractors recommend setting up and holding yourself to a routine of various stretches. If you are looking for some ideas for exercises to try, we recommend:
Abdominal stretch on a gym ball
Stretching and maintaining your core is one of the most important things that you can do toward maintaining your posture and your back health. For this exercise, you’ll need a full sized exercise ball. Once you find one, lay over the ball on your back, keeping your feet planted firmly on the floor. Make sure your lower back remains stable, and stretch, holding the position for 15-35 seconds.
If you don’t own an exercise ball and don’t want to buy one, you can also do this exercise without the ball. Lay on your stomach and place your hands squarely on the floor, then push your upper body up into the air. Once again, hold this position for 15-35 seconds.
Anterior Shoulder Stretch
Stretching your upper body is also an important part of maintaining your back health. There are many different ways to stretch your upper torso and shoulders, the anterior shoulder stretch being one of the most common, useful, and easy. To perform this stretch, stand upright, straighten your back, and clasp your hands together with your arms outstretched 90 degrees behind your torso. Once you are in the starting position, slowly lift your hands up toward the ceiling, and hold for 15-35 seconds.
If this proves to be too difficult, you can also perform this stretch by placing your clasped hands on your lower back, and bringing your elbows together slowly, and holding for 15-35 seconds.
Yoga and Chiropractic have long been connected as fields that work well together. For example, the cat stretch exercise is regularly used in Yoga to stretch the upper and lower back efficiently and comfortably. To perform this exercise, get down on your hands and knees, and arch your back up into the air. As usual, hold this position for 15-35 seconds before releasing. This will stretch the muscles around your spine, and, over time, should result in improved spinal health and posture.
As with any back treatments and exercises, be sure to discuss these suggestions with your Arlington Chiropractor before utilizing any of these exercises on a long term basis.