Exercise Away Your Back Pain
No matter, what our jobs, all of use our back every day when we're sitting, standing, lifting, even lying down. An injury can result in pain, disability, and even loss of income if it prevents us from doing our jobs. Together with proper lifting techniques, exercises are one of the most important things each of us can do to strengthen our spines and help protect them from accidental injury and sports injuries. The right exercises, when done on a daily basis, can help you to keep supple,fit and free from pain.
Remember, though, if you are experiencing pain of any sort, check with a healthcare professional before doing these or any exercises. And do the exercise according to the medical advice given by that professional.
If you understand the concepts of how backs get injured by bad exercise habits you can easily tell if you are moving in healthy ways, if an exercise will help or harm, or if you're doing a good exercise in bad way.
Most people spend their lives doing activities with poor posture that rounds their lower back. They sit, stand, walk, and exercise round-shouldered and slightly stooped. This shortens chest and shoulder muscles in front, and over stretches and weakens your spine. Like squeezing a water balloon in front, when you bend forward, it squeezes the front of your discs between your vertebrae above and below the disc.
Exercise stretches the lower back muscles to help bring relief to pain caused by over-stressed muscles. Spine rehabilitation too is done through exercise. People suffering from pain are put through an exercise regimen, as exercise stretches the muscles and promotes better blood circulation in the area.
You will hear many people complain of back pain occasionally. About 75% to 85% of people experience this pain at some point in their lives. The most common area of pain is the lumbar region of the spine. This is the region that bears most of the body weight. Sudden twisting and bending can cause injury. Pain also occurs when the muscles get stiff because of poor posture. Exercise stretches the stiff muscles to provide relief.
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Exercise Stretches – For Pain Relief
Exercise stretches need to be performed softly. You should treat your spine gently and not subject it jerky and violent movement. The exercise routine that you follow should start gently, and gradually build over a period of a few weeks. You could cause more harm than good, if you do not follow expert advice in matters of exercise.
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Warm up your body before you embark on the stretching routine. Exercise stretches the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the area surrounding the spine. The muscles and tendons associated with the spine are designed for movement. Hence, they need to be stretched everyday to perform optimally. Stand comfortably with your feet shoulder width apart. Now slowly bend forward and try to touch your toes with your hands without bending your knees. Your action should be smooth and not jerky. Be careful not to overdo the stretching part. Stop when you feel pain. This exercise stretches your muscles. Your pain will ease gradually, as you continue with the exercise. This exercise can also be performed while lying down.
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