General Tips for Stretching to Relieve Back Pain

About 80% of people suffer from low back pain due to the daily grind of work and home, kids just everything. We put alot of strain on our spine but we must remember to stretch. I have found a few great ways to help me with my achy back.

Almost everyone can benefit from stretching the soft tissues - the muscles, ligaments and tendons - in the back, legs, buttock, and around the spine. The spinal column and its contiguous muscles, ligaments, and tendons are all designed to move, and limitations in this motion can make back pain worse.

Keep the following in mind when starting a stretching routine as part of a program of back exercises:

-Wear comfortable clothes that won't bind

-Stretching should be pain free; do not force the body into difficult positions

-Move into the stretch slowly and avoid bouncing, which may actually tear muscles

-Stretch on a clean, flat surface that is large enough to move freely

-Hold stretches long enough (20-30 seconds) to allow muscles or joints to become loose

-Repeat the stretch, generally 5-10 times

If one already has low back pain or neck pain, it is best to check with a physician or physical therapist to discuss whether the following neck, shoulder, and lower back pain exercises should be done.