A more aerobic lifestyle may be the way to a life free of back pain. Swimming, walking and running are great ways to add movement into your life that stops muscles from atrophying and promotes a stronger set of muscles that will protect the longevity of your spine.
But reducing the amount of time spent in a chair is only the tip of the iceberg. Here are some simple stretches you can do that won’t cost you a thing, but will increase your well-being greatly.
Pelvic tilting: strengthening the transverse abdominus, a key core muscle that will help improve core stability.
- Lay down on your back
- Knees bent, hip-width apart
- Right hand underneath curve in your back
- Press curve of your lower back into the floor (onto your hand)
- Hold 5 seconds then release, repeat 10 times.
Hip bridges: strengthening abdominals and transverse abdominus
- Start in same position: on back, with knees bent at hip-width
- Lift hips until you achieve a straight line between knees and shoulders
- Hold for 5 seconds
- Slowly reverse motion.
- Repeat 5-10 times.
A key way to make your back less vulnerable to injury is to strengthen the core muscles. At your Park Slope Chiropractor, we emphasize core stability to improve spinal longevity. Using simple stretches for short amounts of time every day is a great way to achieve this.
Dr. Karen Thomas, D.C.