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Lower back pain can be debilitating and it’s a pretty common health complaint—around 80% of adults have experienced back pain in their lives.
As excruciating as lower back pain can be, there are ways to manage it. Many people find relief from engaging in certain stretches and physical positions to ease the pain. However, before you jump to fix a symptom, it’s helpful to find the actual source of your lower back pain. That will ensure that you’re taking the proper steps to prevent future pain and staying on top of your physical health.
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With seemingly endless options on the internet for relieving upper back pain, it can be hard to know who to listen to. After all, for every professional taking to the internet to share his or her knowledge, there are a handful of other people sharing their own incomplete or inaccurate information.
When it comes to back pain, you don’t want to just take anyone’s word for it. Improper stretching and movements can increase your back pain and even cause further problems. That’s the last thing you want. Luckily, we went straight to the source for simple stretches to get rid of upper back pain (chiropractor approved).
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Stretching before bed is one of the best ways to release that built up tension and get the best night’s sleep you’ve had in a while. Most people know to stretch before and after exercise, or in the morning to energize themselves, but there’s actually a ton of reasons to stretch before bed as well.
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Which Practice is for You?
Pilates and yoga are two popular workouts that, to the untrained eye, may appear like the same thing. Although they do have some similarities their difference make them two separate workout styles. Pilates’s slow and controlled movements vs. the held positions of yoga are just one way these two workouts differ.
If you’re looking to increase your muscle strength and tone, yoga may be the workout for you. If you’re looking for a workout that improves core strength and stability, then try out pilates. Take a look through this infographic to figure out which one is right for you.
As you age, your muscles tighten and range of motion in the joints can be minimized. This can put a damper on active lifestyles and even hinder day-to-day, normal motions. Tasks that used to be simple, such as zipping up a dress or reaching for a can off of the top shelf, now become extremely difficult. A regular stretching program can help lengthen your muscles and make daily living activities easier.
Everyone can learn to stretch, regardless of age or flexibility. Stretching should be a part of your daily routine, whether you exercise or not. There are simple stretches you can do while watching TV, on the computer, or getting ready for bed. If you are doing strength training exercises, stretch in between sets. It feels good and saves time from stretching at the end of the workout!