Have YOU ever felt like your back was "locked up"?
Instead of limiting movement, often what our backs need are ways to gently expand or open using stretch, strengthen and roll exercises that gradually increase range of motion- making sure to stay away from movement that "hurts".
Teaching the body to move freely and efficiently will sometimes relax the back muscles and allow it to function properly.
Regaining mobility, strength and flexibility takes time, patience, and a daily commitment.
Often the key to fixing what is "hurting" our back is to move more in our daily lives.
Immobility, specifically SITTING, is one of the primary causes of back issues.
Our bodies were designed to MOVE all different ways without pain and discomfort, but because we sit so much, we forget how to move well.
If YOU have stiffness OR general discomfort, DON'T just sit there😳
Wherever you are working, change positions (e.g., STAND UP) regularly (every hour) and consider adding a few exercises to increase your back mobility/flexibility/stability.
By building in a movement routine, you will...
👍🏼Unslouch your shoulders
👍🏼Fire up your hip joints AND “sleeping booty”
👍🏼Release the tension in your low back, shoulders and neck
👍🏼Strengthen the muscles that get weak with a sedentary lifestyle
Take control of your back health with these four simple and effective exercises you can do at your desk to strengthen and stretch your back AT WORK.
Exercise 1: Desktop Cat/Cow
Exercise 2: Glute Bridge
*An exercise band can be used to add intensity
Exercise 3: Shin Box
Exercise 4: Plank
Fitting in even a few short micro-work breaks can lead to a happier, more productive work environment.
Should you need more assistance, don’t forget….
If you experience shooting pain down your legs, problems with your bowel or bladder, numbness or tingling in your groin or pain when walking or standing, please see your doctor asap.
Make sure YOU are working with a movement specialist who knows how to assist you SAFELY in building a strong back foundation.