This is a series of five articles aimed at providing a complete set of instructions and tips on stretching to help back pain. During our lifetime nearly all of us will at some point in time have an issue with back pain, the author is certainly no exception. Trigger point therapy is recommended for severe cases as well as mild symptoms of back pain, and, if combined with stretches to help with back pain you will be the owner of a Proud Back before you know it.
Stretching Tips To Help With Back Pain
Before we look at specific exercises for specific problems there is one thing that we really should make of prime importance, and that is to never perform any form of stretching beyond our capabilities. It may be dis-heartening to realize that we are a long way off from being able to touch our toes, but trying to stretch too much too quickly is certainly not going to help to alleviate our problems.
Slow and steady always wins the race.
Please bear the following in mind before you read this series of articles and implement the back stretching routines given:
- Never stretch further than is comfortable
- Keep in mind that you will perform better every day that you practice
- Stretching is not an instant cure for back pain relief, it can take weeks or months to see a marked improvement
- Stretching exercises for the back really do work and will help to maintain a healthy back over the course of a lifetime
- For the best results you should perform stretches to stop back pain daily and continue to do so once you no longer feel any pain
The secret to a healthy back is to strengthen the muscles, tendons and ligaments of your whole body, and the best way to achieve this is through a COMBINATION of both daily stretching and some form of strength training.
Best Stretches For Back Pain
The best stretches for back pain are ones that are often in the form of Yoga positions. We recommend a good book on Yoga with a full course of instructions is the best possible way to ensure that you continue with a daily routine. Light on Yoga by B.K.S Iyengar is the book that we personally have at home at it has stretching routines that actually allow you to progress from day 1 to years in to the future.Having a daily course to follow brings motivation and exceptional results and variety in movements keeps us interested.
The word Yoga often brings to mind a Hippy hugging a tree in his sandals but the reality is that you do NOT find people who practice increasing their mobility and suppleness through Yoga with back problems, that should tell us something.
For anyone who suffers from back pain incorporating a daily Yoga routine, or at least a number of positions designed for back pain, is the best course of action, combined with a strength training regime performed a few times a week.
But any form of strength training should only be performed once you have eliminated the pain and can train without risk of further injury.
This is part 1 of 5 articles in the series, please read the whole series for a full understanding of how to perform stretches for back pain correctly and to get the best possible results.
Stretching To Help Ease Back Pain
Stretching To Prevent Back Pain
Once you have eliminated your back pain it is important that you continue with the exercises and do them on a regular basis. If you lose the elasticity you have gained and the strength increases then you risk repeated injury and this will put us firmly back to stage one where the whole process will have to be repeated again. And every time we get back pain it becomes harder to cure it and takes longer too.