Chronic back pain can be a difficult condition to live with. Not only do you have to manage the pain, you also have to work to make it better, which can itself be a painful experience. If you have chronic back pain, be sure to get it checked by a professional chiropractor in the Victoria, BC area. Even if you’ve been living with back pain for a long time, there are always measures you can take to improve your situation, so consult an expert chiropractor. Synergy Health Centre in Victoria, BC has been the Top Choice Award winner for Top Chiropractic Clinic three years in a row!
One simple thing everyone can and should do regularly to improve or maintain their back health is to take the time to stretch. It’s not just to help with your workouts. Everyone should stretch every day to help keep your muscles and joints flexible. If you have the kind of job that keeps you at a desk for a long period of time, your muscles will probably have shortened due to lack of use. This shortening and tightening of the muscles puts you at higher risk for pains and strains. Although you should consult with a chiropractor before beginning any new physical fitness routines, we at Synergy Health Centre in Victoria, BC would like to suggest these three commonly helpful stretches to help with you back pain:
- Knee-to-Chest Stretch
While lying flat on your back, use both hands to bring one knee as far towards your chest as possible without it being painful. Hold the position for five seconds and slowly return your leg to the ground. Repeat with the other leg and finish by doing both legs at the same time. Repeat the whole cycle two or three times every day for best results.
- Cat Stretch
Begin this stretch by going on your hands and knees on the ground, with your back as straight as possible. Slowly arch your pack as high as possible in the air (like a scared cat might) and then slowly let your back sag as close to the floor as you comfortably can. Repeat this cycle two to five times.
- Rotational Stretch
This one is great to do at work. While seated in an armless chair, cross one leg over the other. Put your opposite elbow on the outside of the uppermost leg (so, if you’ve crossed your right leg over your left, press your left elbow on the far side of your right leg). Once in this position, rotate your torso gently in the direction you’ve already begun to turn in. Repeat on the other side and go through the whole circuit three to five times a day.
At Synergy Health Centre, you can consult a chiropractor in the Victoria, BC area to develop a stretching routine specifically for your kind of back pain. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you live a pain free life.