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Optimal Health & Wellness Center takes the time to educate our patients in ways that they can take care of their back and spine. A big part of providing comprehensive chiropractic care is providing preventive medicine, which means educating the public about ways they can practice self-care that might help them avoid injury in the future.

Stretching is a good way to keep your body flexible and limber. It's also a fantastic activity for stress relief, and, under the right circumstances, can also help build strength and balance.

Read on for a few ways you can stretch for your spine health.

The Spine is Complicated

It's no secret that the spine is a vastly complex entity. Your spine is comprised of ligaments, muscles, bones, and tendons -- all of which working together to move side to side, and front to back. Your spine is forced to carry the largest portion of your body weight -- which is a big reason why stretching your spine is crucial to keeping your body functioning at optimum capacity.

Stretching is a great way to keep your back muscles and ligaments flexible while reducing stress on the joints.  Stretching also improves blood flow and drives proper nutrient distribution throughout the entire body.

Best Stretching Techniques

Like anything else, there's a right way and a wrong way to stretch. You don't want to try to stretch too hard when you just start out. You also don't want to bounce your stretches -- it's better to slowly reach your desired position, then gently hold yourself there.

It's a good idea to start at the neck, then work your way downward, incorporating each muscle group. This helps ensure that you're utilizing stretch muscles for each part of your routine. Doing slow and controlled movements are best for your body. Pro tip: make sure that you practice conscious breathing, which will help deepen your stretch and increase mental wellness and relaxation.

What if Stretching Doesn't Solve My Back Pain?

If you experience an injury prior to or during your stretch routine, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today. We can help you treat lingering back pain and get to the root of the problem, instead of just treating the symptoms. We have a long track record of getting our patients back to peak wellness.

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