Easy Stretches to Help Reduce Back Pain
If you have back pain, there are some simple yoga stretches that can help to alleviate the pain. These basic poses are something most anyone can do. Stretching is not only good for relief from pain, but helps us stay flexible and nimble as we age.
Stretching and Staying Flexible is Important as You Age
According to Harvard Health Publishing, “Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way. That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage.”
Not being mobile, like sitting in a chair all day, causes our muscles from our legs to our back and neck to tighten or shorten; making them sore and hard to extend or flex when we need to be active.
Simply Yoga Stretches to Reduce Back Pain
Keeping muscles long and lean helps with flexibility, activity and pain reduction. To have the most effect, you need to practice a stretching routine on a regular basis. Just like any other exercise, flexibility builds over time.
We’ve curated a collection of how-to videos of some great stretches to get you started:
- Health.com recommends three yoga moves to strengthen the spine. Including lateral flexion, thoracic twist and bridge roll. See how-to video here.
- Prevention.com recommends five classic yoga moves to ease back pain – child’s pose, cat/cow stretch, lower back twist, knee to chest stretch and the pelvic tilt. See how-to video here.
- Realsimple.com offers a short video on how to stretch your back in three simple steps. See how-to video here.
Build Your Own Stretching Routine
In addition to your back, for general flexibility, there are other stretches and activities you can do, like the “daily squat”. See our article “3 Ways to Stay Flexible as You Age”.
Take the time to watch the videos, and pick your favorite stretches to make your own routine. Stay flexible, stay active, be ageless.