Spine Awareness: Stretch Your Low Back Joints

Good spinal maintenance includes regular hip and shoulder exercises.

Good spinal maintenance includes regular hip and shoulder exercises.

Fact: you have 32 teeth all in a small area called your mouth. You get x-rays probably once a year looking for cavities. You brush twice daily and should floss, too. 

Now consider this:  your spine has 24 bones from your ears to your rear, covering close to 2 vertical feet in your height.

When was the last time you had your spine analyzed? 

A consultation and careful examination can identify the strong and weak points of your spine, and may identify preventable problems.

In addition to regular professional consultations, daily stretching and strengthening will help keep your spine healthy. Doing consistent, proper exercises that incorporate the hips and the shoulders, which are both natural skeletal extensions from the spine, will maintain spinal fluidity and stability.

The following exercise is effective, easy and only takes 10 seconds per side.


Low Back Joint Stretch

 
1. Lie on your back, knees together and bent

1. Lie on your back, knees together and bent

2. Rotate legs right, right foot goes on top of left knee, hold 10 seconds

2. Rotate legs right, right foot goes on top of left knee, hold 10 seconds

3. Return to starting position

3. Return to starting position

4. Repeat, this time rotate left, left foot on top of right knee, hold 10 seconds

4. Repeat, this time rotate left, left foot on top of right knee, hold 10 seconds

 

For a complete spine analysis and more information about effective exercises for keeping your spine healthy, contact us.

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Dr. Mike Urban's experience in sport performance training, cardiovascular rehabilitation, and neuromusculoskeletal chiropractic disciplines have been achieved through field experience and extensive education that includes training through Chapel, McMurtrie and Bartlett Chiropractic Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic in Chesterfield, Missouri. Dr. Urban checks his email daily and welcomes any questions, comments, or inquiries to info@spineandsportsclinic.com

Posted on August 21, 2014 and filed under wellness & conditioning.