The Connection Between Stretching and Back Pain Relief
Covering up your back pain by reaching for medication can cause more long-term harm than good. Of course, it’s always advisable to seek medical advice from an orthopedic spine center if you have severe back pain. Many medical professionals will suggest incorporating lower back stretches to help alleviate your pain rather than taking painkillers. Stretching is the most natural way to treat back pain, and it can strengthen other muscles in the process to help prevent future pain from occurring. Here are some important factors to note about lower back stretches and overall spine health.
Stretching Reduces Muscle Tension in The Back
Most back pain is caused by many different factors which can cause contact with the nerves coming out of your spine. This initial pain causes spasming and is guarded by the muscles, ligaments and tendons that support the spinal column in an effort to keep you from moving in that area. Proper stretching of the these soft tissues can provide temporary relief to your back pain. You can incorporate lower back stretches when you wake up in the morning, throughout the day or before you go to bed. Stretching for 10-15 minutes at a time a few times a day will go a long way in reducing muscle tension and strengthening your back in the process. See a medical professional for the correct stretches that are specific for your back pain.
Flexible Muscles Won’t Get Injured As Easily
A strained muscle in the back can seem like it lingers on forever. Back muscles, ligaments and tendons atrophy or decline in strength and endurance almost immediately at the onset of low back pain, yet they take months to return to normal. Stretching can help make the muscles in your back more flexible, which will make them less prone to getting injured. And if you are already experiencing back pain, then stretching out the muscles can expedite the recovery process. The overall goal is to have muscles that are as limber as possible so the chances of injury decrease.
Slow And Smooth Stretching Exercises Are Best
It doesn’t take extensive or exhaustive exercising to relieve or prevent back pain. Most of the time slow and smooth stretches are best for your spine health, since the tension is minimal and there’s a lower risk of a sudden intense movement causing an injury. Only stretch to the first point you feel tension and then hold it. Do not go beyond this point. Visit your orthopedic spine center to determine which exercises may be best for you, since everyone’s pain and flexibility are different.
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