Spinal decompression isn’t limited to the chiropractor’s office
You should always check with a health professional before starting any new exercise regimen, especially one to account for lower back pain, to ensure that your body will not suffer further injury or dysfunction by new movements. Once you get the go ahead however, it is worth taking a proactive approach to your back pain by incorporating spinal decompression movements into your daily routine.
Taking a page out of the Yogi’s book for decompression stretching
Certain basic stretches and yoga poses are considered effective for encouraging low-level decompression and providing a gentle stretch that feels great. These are low-intensity movements that can be performed just about anywhere, including:
- Cat stretch: the goal of the cat stretch is to alleviate pressure on your lumbar discs.
- Child’s pose: seeks to elongate the lower spine and stretch tight muscles in the leg that pull your spine out of balance.
- Back arch: a non-yoga pose, this stretch focuses on elongating the lower spine
Taking a proactive approach to protecting your spine
Everyone can use a little decompression, especially for their spine! If you are interested in taking a more proactive hand in preventing the accumulation of compressive forces on your spine, give our office in Alameda a call to schedule an appointment today. We are your Bay Area spine care specialists, offering our services in preventative and reactive healthcare that helps all of our citizens maintain a high level of health and longevity for their spines.