Stretch Your Spine01/12/2011Stretch Your Spine in Fort Wayne Fort Wayne's patients comment on the chiropractic care they receive from Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc achieves wonders for their back pain relief. Using the chiropractic flexion-distraction and decompression adjustment, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc stretched their spine in just the right way. Are you recovering from a spine injury or just want to maintain a pain-free lifestyle? With all the hype you've been hearing, you are tempted to take one of Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc's chiropractors home with you! Without resorting to such and extreme, there are a core set of back stretches you can do in the privacy of your home. Stretching exercises are a great beginning. Exercise and stretching complement any chiropractic care you are receiving. Through stretching you can take charge of your spinal condition and help maintain spinal pain relief. Weak, tight muscles are often troublesome for low back pain sufferers. The spine is supported by the back, abdomen, and glutes. These muscle groups are collectively known as the core muscles. You can, by releasing joint and muscle tension, with stretching increase your spinal flexibility as well. Simple Backstretches and Spinal Stretches for Fort Wayne Patients Stability Ball: Relax and Stretch Read a full description of this back stretch for spinal stretch and relaxation. Reminiscent to the yoga pose, the "Cat Stretch", where you position yourself on hands and knees and stretch your spine upwards is the stability ball back stretch exercise. The stability ball assists in supporting your position during the stretch, making it a little easier to perform. Your lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine regions all benefit from just lying over the stability ball as you stretch. Even though "just lying over the ball" seems easy, you will find that your sense of balance is challenged making you aware of muscle groups you may not have been noticing before. All this is assists in your recovery, to maintain a pain-free lifestyle. One report states that performing spinal muscle exercises on a stability ball could reduce low back loading and thereby reduce the potential for re-injuring your back (1). As you recover from your spinal pain condition, you will want to build muscle strength to maintain a pain free lifestyle, but that is for another article. Currently, focus on stretching your spine for pain relief with simple back stretches. Knee Chest Exercise Read a full description of this knee-chest back stretch. Here is an exercise easy to do anywhere, without the need of equipment, is the knee-chest exercise. You can do the knee-chest exercise lying in bed, on the floor, or even on the couch. In addition to effectively stretching the spine it also stretches the hamstring and gluteus muscles. As it stretches and relaxes the spine, improves flexibility, and feels well. Check with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc first before beginning any exercise regimen not yet recommended to you. If we have discussed your readiness to exercise, improve your spinal flexibility and ability to relax the back by beginning to stretch your spine today. Contact Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc with any questions you might have. References Drake J, Fischer SL, Brown S, Callaghan J: Do Exercise Balls Provide a Training Advantage for Trunk Extensor Exercises? A Biomechanical Evaluation. J of Manipul Physiol Therapeutics 2006; 29(5): 354-362 « View All Featured Exercises"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."