5 in 5: Body Stretches To Keep You Limber After A Hard Day’s Work
Do you stretch after work?
Like, on a regular basis?
The clinical world is filled with bending, twisting and lifting. It takes a toll on your body. Many accept aching backs and tense shoulders as par for the course, the price we pay for caring for others.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s never too late to start a regular stretching routine. You will improve flexibility no matter what your starting point. And who knows — maybe even become pain free.
A study published in Pain Management Nursing in December 2012 looked at a cohort of 127 nurses with lower back pain. An experimental group participated in a stretching exercise program (SEP), while the control group maintained their baseline level of activity. The nurses who participated in the SEP noted a significant reduction in their lower back pain symptoms. Data collected six months after the SEP was conducted was impressive. 81% percent of the experimental group reported a moderate to high level of relief from lower back pain.
Our bodies work so hard to take care of others. Why not show a little gratitude by practicing some gentle stretching after a hard day’s work? You have nothing to lose and a whole lot of mobility to gain.
Check out these videos for some basic stretches and helpful tips.
Upper Back and Shoulders