If you’ve ever groaned, “OH, MY ACHING BACK!” you are not alone. Back pain can range from a dull constant ache to a sudden sharp pain.
The American Chiropractic Association reports that 31 MILLION Americans experience low back pain at any given time and back pain is the single leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 year old.
There is a good chance that back pain has afflicted you or someone close to you. Whether you are a student, a stay at home caregiver, an avid athlete, a professional constrained to a desk all day, a senior, or an active career person, you can be affected by low back pain. And if it is left untreated, low back pain can significantly change your quality of life.
Low back pain can become chronic and can lead to poor health and depression. Respondents of a National Institute of Health Statistics survey indicated that at 27%, low back pain was the most common form of chronic pain.
Here are 3 SUPER SIMPLE early morning stretches you can use to help prevent low back pain:
1. Low back stretch:
Bring both knees to your chest by first raising one knee and holding it with both hands, then raising the other to join it. Gently pull both knees toward your chest and breathe. Hold for 20 seconds.
2. Pelvic tilt:
Lie on your back with your knees bent. Tighten your ab muscles so that the small of your back presses flat against the bed or floor. Hold for five seconds, then relax. Repeat three times.
3. Glute stretch:
Lying on your back with knees bent, cross left leg over your right. Gently pull your right knee toward your chest, so you feel a stretch in your left glute. Hold for 20 seconds; repeat on the other side. Exercises to reduce low back pain are not complicated and can be done at home without any special equipment.
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For optimal health, get your spine aligned so that your nervous system is working at 100% potential! Regular chiropractic check-ups can prevent injury and keep you and your family functioning in top form.