Many back pain treatments and procedures must be completed in our offices, but there is something that you can do at home that may provide back pain relief: stretching. Talk to your doctor and find out if this could be an effective option for your condition.
How Does Stretching Help Combat Back Pain?
Stronger bodies are better able to withstand stress. Physical therapy, stretching and an active lifestyle may promote healing and rehabilitation. The spinal column is a complex combination of muscles, bones, ligaments and other tissues. Stretching can increase the range of motion in this area. In many cases this can have a positive effect on back pain.
If you are already experiencing back pain it can take several weeks or even months before the pain relieving effects of stretching are felt. It takes time to get the spine moving again and restoring a proper range of motion will not happen overnight.
- Dress Appropriately- Stretching is easiest when you wear loose, comfortable clothing. Try to avoid clothing that binds the body or constricts your movement.
- Don’t Force It- Stretching shouldn’t hurt. Do not force yourself into positions that are painful or overly difficult.
- Don’t Bounce- Move into stretches slowly and carefully. Avoid bouncing since this can tear your muscles and cause injury.
- Consult Your Doctor- Talk with your doctor before starting a stretching program. They will be able to let you know which stretches can help your condition and which stretches to avoid during your treatment process. At The Spine Institute Northwest may utilize MedX medical machines as a part of your treatment.
What Are MedX Machines?
MedX machines are similar to the exercise machines you will find at the gym, but they are specifically designed for physical therapy purposes. We often use the spine machines to treat and diagnose various spinal problems including strains, sprains, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis. Research indicates that stretching and strengthening the spine may help patients to avoid spinal surgery.
Every case of spine and back pain is different. Some of our patients find great results from medications while others require surgery. Contact us at The Spine Institute Northwest and let us help you find the right treatment method for your situation. If you don’t currently have back or spine pain, start stretching now. A strong spinal column will be better able to deal with the stresses of daily life and is less likely to experience spine pain.