Stretching is so boring. You don’t have time for it. There’s barely enough time to grab the toast out of the toaster on the way out the door. Then, you have to eat your toast while preparing a presentation on your laptop – while in traffic.
Then after a long day, you finally get home. If you don’t do laundry, no one will want to even be in the next meeting with you. And tonight’s movie night with the family. Crash. Start again.
Where is the time for stretching? Well, be honest with yourself. If you really look at how you spend all your time each day, you’ll be able to find five to fifteen minutes a day that you can spend on stretching. Here’s why you should: because it will help you be more productive during the rest of your day. It will allow you to be more pain-free than you’ve been in years. There are tons of muscles in your back, legs, buttocks, and spinal region that can lead to back pain when they’re not properly stretched. So in the stressful world that is NJ, back pain relief doesn’t necessarily require that you take a whole day off to go to the doctor – time devoted to stretching could be all you need.
All the muscles, ligaments, and tendons attached to your spine are meant to move as a cohesive unit. But if those muscles, ligaments, and tendons haven’t been used in a while, they may be stubborn. And if they don’t move as they’re supposed to, neither will your spine – insert back pain.
It is a good idea to make one visit to a specialist – perhaps a physical therapist – who can recommend you exercises for the pain you’re feeling. But, if you don’t have time for that, a quick google search can give you some good ones. It’s important to stretch correctly.
You should never feel pain when you stretch. If you’re body hurts from a stretch, then take it down a notch – don’t force your body to do something it’s not ready to do. It will come with time. You should hold each stretch for a long period of time to give your body time to get used to it – thirty seconds is usually sufficient. Don’t bounce – just move slowly into your fully stretched position – for each stretch. Then do each stress multiple times – at least five times each. Ten might be overdoing it.
Depending on where you’re feeling your pain – if it’s the upper back, neck, shoulders, or lower back, there are different exercise you should focus on. So make sure to find stretches specifically for your pain. If you do the stretches consistently over a long period of time, you’ll find that your pain will begin to subside. Who would have know that stressful NJ back pain relief could be found with a few quiet moments a day in the comfort of your own home?