POSTURE AND BACK PAIN
Posture and back pain go hand in hand with the four directional stretches. You will see they are done both sides equally. Also, they covered all the four main directions that the body moves in. Forward, backward, side bend and twist. It is common to spend most of our time in one of these directions. Which one? The forward bend.
If your sitting reading this now, take a moment and notice, if you were to keep this position but stand up, your body would be stooped over. Now imagine walking around like this all day. It’s not too hard to see why so many people have back pain.
Obviously there are other factors that need to be considered, however this is the place to start to begin to get an understanding of how posture effects things. To deal with back pain properly you would apply a complete back care programme.
TWO TYPES OF BACK PAIN
The two types of back pain are acute and chronic. Acute back pain usually comes from straining the muscles, from lifting something too heavy, or overreaching. The muscles spasm as a protective measure from causing more serious damage.
Chronic back pain is the most common type, brought on mostly by poor lifestyle choices. When you are sitting the muscles in the back are constantly stretched, and become tired and weak. Also with the legs bent, the hamstrings are in a shortened position, and as we know, where the structures spend the most time, is where they learn to live. Tight hamstrings pull on the lower back, and are a major contributor to low back pain.
Manual therapy like Bowen technique, Remedial massage including trigger point release and myotherapy combined with specific stretches speed up the e process dramatically. Usually done by a skilled therapist, however can be self-applied once learned.
So get into the habit of daily stretching for a better life, free from pain.
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