There’s an old adage: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is especially true when it comes to our bodies. Prevention is the name of the game for optimal health. In the quest for a healthy lifestyle, people often forget about spine health, unless they have back problems. Stretching correctly is both therapeutic for the aching back and a preventive practice for a healthy back.
How Stretching Helps Your Spine
Your spine is one of the main workhorses of your body. It needs to be flexible in all directions: side to side, front to back. It carries the majority of your body’s weight, and it protects your spinal cord. Stretching helps keep the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones in your spine moving and working correctly. Your muscles and ligaments retain flexibility with stretching exercises. This practice also increases the flow of nutrients throughout your body via the bloodstream.
There is a reduction of stress on joints when you stretch. In some cases, these conditions are decreased by regular stretching. In other cases, stretching will eliminate stiffness and limitation of movement. When you stretch before and after exercising, it helps the muscles cool down and prevents strains and soreness. Stretching before exercise is particularly important, as this readies the muscles for more intense movement. Warming up with stretching will lessen the likelihood of injuries to your muscles.
The Top Stretches for the Spine
These exercises are going to be helpful for everyone, and if you suffer from back pain you may find them particularly helpful.
Keeping your spine flexible is important for mobility and general health. These exercises will help in re-establishing flexibility if you’ve lost it due to injury or lack of movement. As with any exercise program, check with your doctor before you start. Don’t do any exercises that your doctor advises against.
If you get the green light, begin slowly and work up to more repetitions. If you can only do one or two sets, to begin with, that’s okay. You can always work up to more.
Staying healthy is something we promote to all our clients, friends and family at our Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A., law office of Port Charlotte, FL. We believe in prevention and living a healthy lifestyle; that’s why you’ll see us out and about in the community, participating in healthy living activities. We invite you to browse our website. Let us know if we can be of assistance to you in legal matters. We are trial lawyers who care, and when you need us, we’re available. Contact us if you want to talk about legal representation.