By Minyette Burke, Wellness Specialist at The Connection at Twin Towers.
When it comes to back pain, many factors may play a part in its presence. Back pain that isn’t caused by other underlying conditions such as scoliosis, inflammatory diseases (osteoarthritis, disc maladies, etc.) is many times the result of bad posture or body positioning.
This issue can’t be corrected overnight because it didn’t happen overnight. The correction of poor posture starts with awareness.
Start paying attention to how you walk, sit, and stand. The shoulders should be positioned over the hips, hips over knees, and knees over ankles. The shoulders should not round, they should be down and back but in line with the ears.
The chest should not be collapsed and the tailbone should be positioned down. Many people have an anterior tilt which can cause overarching of the spine and the tailbone to tilt. Correcting this problem allows the spine to decompress and relieve some pressure.
3 Stretches to Relieve Lower Back Pain
1. Pelvic Tilts
Starting Position: Stand against a wall with your back flat against it. Eyes forward, chin parallel to the floor, and align your body as mentioned before. Engage your core or abdominal muscles.
- Tilt your pelvis forward, and then tilt it back.
- Keep your back flat against the wall.
- As you tilt forward your back may come from against the wall slightly.
- Engage your core to stabilize yourself.
Our pelvis is like a bowl, imagine water in your bowl, as you tilt forward a little water spills out and as you tilt back you are holding water in the bowl.
2. Trunk Rotation Stretch
Starting Position: Lay in a supine position on the floor or a mat. Keep upper back flat on the floor and abdominals engaged.
- Bend knees toward your chest with arms out to your sides.
- Let both knees fall to your right side towards the floor, chest facing towards ceiling.
- Hold this position for 5 to 10 breaths a few times.
- Repeat on the other side.
Minyette’s Tip: If you find your knees don’t touch the floor, place a pillow, bolster, or yoga block under your knees for support.
3. Child’s Pose
Starting Position: Begin on all fours. Your knees will be directly under your hips, and wrists directly under your shoulders.
- Bring your hips down and back towards your heels.
- As you bring your head down reach your arms and hands forward across the floor until a stretch is felt.
- Hold for 5-20 breaths or 30 seconds to a minute and repeat a few times.
Minyette’s Tip: This stretch can be done with wide knees which will allow the spine to stay flatter. In contrast, with knees together which rounds the back more. Try both to see which one gives you the relief you need.The fitness & wellness center at Twin Towers, The Connection, is where you’ll find an expertly trained team who creates workout routines and exercises that are specifically designed for those aged 50+. The Aquatic Center includes a 75-foot heated pool, aquatic bikes, and a whirlpool. The Connection is in Cincinnati, Ohio and open to the community and memberships are available. For more information contact us online or give us a call at 513-853-2000.