THE Solution to Your (Back) Problems

So your back hurts eh? Well, broca cola  I’ve got the solution for ya. It’s actually, directly related to your experiences in life. You see, if your whole life is composed of similar experiences then your mind and body adapt.

Think of it like 2 paths in the woods. In fact, I think poet Robert Frost said it best with his poem on “The Road Not Taken”:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth…
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
While there are, of course, limits to what we can do physically. Old Bobby had a point there. Sameness not only leads to boredom and mild depression in life, it also leads to old creaky joints.
Your back problems most likely stem from the same movements day in and day out. You have worn grooves into your movement pattern so deep that it takes a lot of effort to go outside of those patterns.
Teaching your body (and mind) to do more than it is currently doing is the only solution.
So here you go.

Release Then Stretch

First things first, I could literally go on for hours on the different things that you could do at home or the office to get yourself moving right, but I respect your time, so if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

If you’ve gotten to the point where you’ve got aches, you might want to do something called rolling or stripping before you start stretching. It will help your muscles be more compliant with the stretches you are about to put them through. You can use a foam roller like the one in the picture below, or a tennis ball to get stuff moving.

Use for myofascial release of muscles

 Front Stretch

If you’ve been sitting all day chances are that your front is all cramped up. Your muscle in your hip are shortened and every time you stand up, those now smaller hip flexors pull on your lower back. Below is one simple stretch you can do to help reverse that pull on your back:

Side Stretch

You don’t need a visual for this one. Just reach up to the sky and reach your hand as far as you can towards the opposite side. This will stretch out the top of the hip and your side abs (obliques, rectus abdominous, et al.) Which also get tight if you stand for too long.

Back stretch

This last stretch is the easiest. Just lay on your back and hug your knees tight to your body like you’re gonna do a cannonball. bachelor39-1

Ok so now your body and mind will thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit more about how you can reverse the effects of years of doing the same thing. Talk soon…

Jerry “pool of knowledge” Washington

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