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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

4 Easy Back Stretches to Relieve Aches and Pains

Remember how at ten years old you would go outside, play all day long on Saturday then get up and do it all over again the next day without missing a step? Trying this as an adult usually includes a lot of moaning about aches and pains. 

As adults we spend most of the day crouched over in a chair staring at a computer. Because of this, when you do get out and do some physical activity, your body doesn't bounce back like it used to. 

To relieve these aches and pains, here are 4 daily back stretches to help make you feel young again. 

1. Knees-to-Chest Stretch

While lying on your back, pull both knees up to your chest while simultaneously flexing your head forward until a comfortable stretch is felt in a balled-up position. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds, and then return to your starting position.

2. Trunk Rotation Stretch

Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Keeping your shoulders firmly on the floor, roll your bent knees to one side. Hold for five to 10 seconds, and return to the starting position. Then repeat the exercise on the opposite side.

3. Hamstring Muscle Stretch

Lie on your back and grasp your left leg behind the knee. Raise your leg up to 90 degrees with your knee bent. Attempt to straighten your knee with your toes pointed back toward you. Repeat this exercise with your right leg.

4. Arm Cross Stretch

Extend one arm out straight in front of you. With the other hand, grab the elbow of the outstretched arm and pull it across your chest, stretching your shoulder and upper back muscles. Hold and then release. Repeat with your other arm.

And if you have a foam roller, read one of our previous blogs for additional stretches you can do. Keep up with Texas Orthopedics news by following us on Facebook and Twitter (@TexasOrthopedic).

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