If you have back pain or you’re looking to prevent back pain, stretching might be a good addition to your daily routine.
Stretching will not only stretch (obviously) your back muscles and soft tissues, but it also lengthens and strengthens them. Stretching also keeps muscles supplied with a healthy blood flow. Blood flow is a key to good overall health, both mentally and physically.
Without stretching, muscles can shorten and become tight. Then, when you want to engage those muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way.
The spinal column and the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that surround it are designed to move. When they don’t move regularly, it can make back pain worse.
The Mayo Clinic has put together a list of 15 quick and easy stretches safe enough to do on a daily basis, which you can find here.
But if you’re more of a visual person, Web MD has a video full of stretches to help improve the pain and function of your back, which can be found here.
And of course, if you’re currently dealing with back pain issues, check in with your doctor or chiropractor before beginning any new stretching or fitness regimes.