If you are always on the go like I am, or if you are not as active as you would like, everyone experiences back pain at some point or another. Back pain usually stems from tense upper back and shoulder muscles, but tight hamstrings, weak core muscles, or a combination of these can also cause this pain. So how does one soothe this annoying pain?
The following stretch routine will help ease the pain in your back while also making you more flexible. Be sure to perform this routine after any physical activity that puts stress on your back or when it’s painful to even tie your shoes!
See the stretches below and share them with your friends that could use some relief from back pain.
End with a pose that will target tight hamstrings and shoulders.
From Reclining Hero, slowly sit up, resting on your shins for a complete breath. Inhale to press your hands into the floor in front of your knees, tuck your toes, and exhale to slowly straighten the legs, keeping your torso folded over your thighs.
Inhale to bring your arms behind you, and interlace your fingers, pressing the heels of the palms together in a double fist. Actively pull your hands away from your shoulders to increase the stretch in your chest.
Separate the feet about three to four feet apart, and as you exhale, fold your torso deeply between your thighs, tucking your chin. Make sure to lengthen through the spine by reaching the top of your head toward the floor.
Stay like this for five breaths, and when you’re ready to come out, actively press into your feet, engage your thighs, and slowly lift your torso back up to a standing position.