by Julie Donnelly, Guest Author
of Dr. Stephen Chaney
You wake up in the morning with a pain in your lower back. What a lousy way to start the day! How can you get rid of that pain so you feel ready to conquer the new day?
It may be hard to believe, but sleeping places a repetitive strain on the body!
How could this be?
For most of us during sleep we stay in one position for hours at a time. So if you wake up with back pain after sleeping, you are experiencing the side effects of muscles held in one position for hours.
Because the muscles have to contract to pull your body into your favorite sleeping position and then the muscles stay in a shortened position for hours this can cause pain and tension in your back.
When you wake up with back pain after sleeping you may think you need a new mattress. You might, but it’s definitely worthwhile to address the tight muscles first as they may be the whole problem.
Have you ever seen a dog do their “downward dog” stretch after a nap?
Before the dog bounces back into the world it takes time to awaken its body. This is your pain relief “role-model” for stretching your back after sleeping.
You’ll be amazed at how simply moving in bed before starting your day eliminates pain and tension.
Let’s get started! While still in bed begin moving around; raise your arms over head and stretch your legs out and flex your feet. Maybe roll to each side stretching the sides of your body.
Try these 3 stretches we recommend:
3 Stretches To Relieve Morning Back Pain
One at a time, bring your arm across the front of your body. Pull your shoulder and shoulder blade toward the front, but without moving the rest of your trunk. This is a great stretch for your triceps, shoulders and upper back.
Next stretch! Bring your feet together, as pictured here.
Start with a straight spine then slowly roll your chin into your chest, rounding your back. Mmmmm…this feels good!
Sit with left leg straight out or you can bend it as pictured. Cross the right foot over the left leg, press your right hand behind you, place your left elbow on your right knee now twist. Stretch as far as you are comfortable. Try holding it 15-20 seconds.
This stretch will even help to loosen your hips if you sit as pictured!
As with all stretches, start out easy – stretching should feel GOOD. You’ll feel the tension ease as the blood starts flowing.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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