Neck and Back Pain

Regularly stretching the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support the spine is an important element of all stretching routines, but especially for those who suffer from neck or back pain.  

Whether your pain was caused by an injury, overworking your spine, or from long hours in a chair, stretching can relax and lengthen the muscles of your spine leading to better functionality and quality of life. When neck pain is related to tight muscles, more than just the neck needs to be addressed. Muscles in the chest, upper back, and shoulders can all potentially contribute to a hunched-forward position that may lead to neck pain as they all work in the same kinetic chain.  

Similarly, if you’re experiencing lower back pain there is likely a moderate correlation with tight hamstring muscles drawing the pelvis into posterior rotation due to their attachment to the ischial tuberosities on the pelvis. In time, this may cause movement restrictions or postural asymmetry. Which will likely lead to compensatory movement patterns of the lumbar spine, and subsequently to increased stress on the spinal soft tissues and an increased incidence of low  back pain or injury.

Stretching the hamstrings, quadriceps and IT bands can allow the pelvis to  comfortably release back into its appropriate anatomical position, therefore relieving some of  the pain.

Beginning a new stretch program can be overwhelming, come into Stretch Lyfe and let us help guide you down the path to better flexibility and being pain free!

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