Do you suffer from ongoing back or neck pain? You’re not alone, back pain is the fifth most common reason for visiting the doctor. Stretching out the muscles or joints in your back and neck may be your solution. Stretching the soft tissues in your muscles can really help with pain relief. Some great stretches to help relieve back and neck pain include:
- Hamstring Stretches
- Hamstring stretches can be done using static stretches, standing, lying on the floor with one leg on the wall and the other flat on the floor through the doorway, standing with one leg up on a table or bed, on the floor, or using proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) techniques.
- Prone Press Ups
- Lie on your stomach with your elbows bent underneath you and palms flat on the surface. Keeping your hips and pelvis in contact with the surface, lift your upper torso off the mat with your arms, keeping your back muscles relaxed
- Chin to Chest Stretch
- While standing or sitting, gently bend the head forward while bringing the chin toward the chest until a stretch is felt in the back of the neck.
You should check with your physician to discuss whether these stretches are safe to be performed. If pain persists and stretching is not helping please call First State Spine to schedule an appointment today - (302) 731-2888.