Five Postural Stretching Exercises – By: Robert Locke

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Stretching exercises are important because they help to maintain flexibility, something that declines as people age and become less active. Stretching exercises are also important in keeping the body limber and flexible and increasing blood circulation. Stretching exercises are also sometimes performed by leaning against a wall so as to provide some leverage. If you can’t do endurance or strength exercises for some reason, and stretching exercises are the only kind you are able to do, do them at least 3 times a week, for at least 20 minutes each session. If stretching exercises are the only kind of exercise you are able to do, do them at least 3 times a week, up to every day. Back stretching exercise can help relieve your back pain. Most of us have suffered from back pain because of many reasons, such as: sleeping in the wrong position in bed, sitting in an uncomfortable chair at work, standing on high heels or lifting heavy weights; whatever the reason, back pain can be very painful, at times inconveniencing most of your work because you cannot move in certain positions.

A Few Simple Exercises

Neck. This one can also help to get rid of headaches as well! Just tuck your chin into your neck while holding a military like position! In other words, as straight as a ramrod! Hold it there for 10 seconds but too rigidly. You might have to do 5 or 10 repetitions of this to get headache relief. Another great one is the tennis ball pillow. Put two tennis balls into a sock. Tie the sock so that the balls are fitting closely. Then lie down and use this as a pillow so that it touches the muscles at the base of your skull. Another neck exercise is to place your left hand on your right shoulder and press it down as you tip your head to the left. Repeat for the other side. Yet another neck stretch can be as simple as placing the palm of one’s hand against the front of the head and pushing it.

Lower Back. Lie down and and bend your knees at a 90 degree angle (at right angles) by placing them on a chair, bed or bench or whatever. You can hold this position until your lower back pain eases. If you sleep on your back, then you can imitate this position by placing a few pillows under your knees.

Benefits Of Stretching

Stretching exercises alone will not improve your endurance or strength. Stretching your muscles before they are warmed up may result in injury. Stretching after exercises relaxes the body and helps to regenerate more rapidly. Stretching exercises for the neck muscles can be as simple as placing the palm of one’s hand against the front of the head and pushing it. Stretching exercises elongate muscle fibres so that they can contract and tighten more vigorously in response to the demands of the Olympic-level marathon runner or the weekend volleyball player.

About the Author
Author: Robert William Locke . colbor@yahoo.com Specialising in Health and Fitness. Get some great advice and help for your back pain by visiting the site :- http://tinyurl.com/2qtsx7

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