It’s hard to imagine that just a few short months ago we were ringing in the New Year and making resolutions, declaring that this would be the year we would commit to getting more sleep, manage stress better and learn to relax. So with a third of the year behind you, how are you doing with your resolution?
If you are like most people, your promise to succeed has probably fallen by the wayside, possibly because your resolution was too vague, or maybe you just lost motivation along the way. The good news is: It’s not to late to recommit to your resolution and, perhaps with some minor adjustments and quick tips like slipping a massage mat under you while reading, or no caffeine after 5 p.m., you can achieve your goals of having more peace, getting more sleep, and relaxing.
Yoga is a very effective way to deal with low back pain holistically.
A study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine found that "people who took yoga or stretching classes are twice as likely to reduce their usage of medications for backaches as people who managed symptoms without the help of yoga." Yoga is not always the best solution for individuals in severe pain, but people with soreness and chronic aches in their lower back area would well advised to give some of these poses a go.
The pain you feel may have you wanting to rest, but lower back exercises are better for you. Exercises for lower back pain will not only strengthen the muscles in your legs, back and stomach, but will also support your spine and relieve pain.
Knee rollsKnee rolls help to stretch and mobilize your spine. Adjust your massage mat to the specific area of your body where you feel the most pain as you lie on your back.
Relax your upper body and gently tuck in your chin. Keeping your knees together and bent, roll your legs and pelvis to one side. Make sure your shoulders remain on the floor. Hold this stretch while you take one deep breath before returning to... Read More