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”:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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