Stretching with Your Back and Spine in Mind


Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc would like to remind patients that there are preventive measures you could be taking at home when it comes to your Chiropractic Care treatment plan. Of course, we’re here to provide spine adjustments and straighten you out when things get bad, but when you incorporate a stretching routine into your daily ritual, it’s an effective way to feel great and avoid future injury.

The Complexity of the Spine

Your spine is a vastly complex structure. It’s comprised of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons and is designed to move side-to-side, as well as front to back. The spine ends up carrying the bulk of your body’s weight, which is why it’s crucial to keeping your body in good working order.

In addition to exercise, stretching will help keep your back muscles and ligaments flexible. Stretching will also reduce stress on your joints while improving blood flow, as well as promote more effective nutrient distribution throughout your body. If you don’t stress, it’s likely that you’ll feel stiff and you’ll be limited in your movement. Pain will increase as well as the likelihood of sustaining an injury.

Good Stretching Practices

When you begin stretching, make sure that you start at the top of the neck, then engage in stretches that move down to each muscle group. This will make sure that you utilize stretched muscles as you move through your routine. Make sure that you are slow in your movements and that you’re only putting your body through mild tension — you don’t want the process to be painful. Try to hold your stretches for 10-20 seconds — make sure that you don’t bounce during stretches. Supplement your stretching with conscious breathing, which entails inhaling deeply, trying to line up exhales with switching in positions.

What if I Have Back Pain Beyond Stretching?

If you need a Chiropractor near you, contact Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center if you have lingering back pain that persists even though you’ve incorporated a healthy stretch routine into your daily ritual. We’re here to provide holistic, drug-free solutions for back and spine problems.

Dr. Homer Wall DC