Back & Neck EBook - US

Step 2: Enhance Your Flexibility (cont.)

How to improve the flexibility of your spine It is never good to stretch into pain or be aggressive. Stretch your muscles and joints within a comfortable range and gradually ease into deeper stretches Depending on your age, you should stretch more frequently. The older you get, the longer andmore frequent your stretching routine should be. Your tissues become less elastic as you age Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates can be great ways to stretch. However, make sure you start at a basic level, listen to the instructors and stay within your limits Dynamic stretching is a very beneficial way to improve your flexibility and coordination of the joints. The goal is to stretch while going through a series of movements. This re-educates the body on the propermovement patterns to restore proper flexibility. How physical therapy helps your flexibility One of the core principles of physical therapy is restoring correct movement. A physical therapist improves the mobility of your spinal joints with advanced, but gentle hands on manual techniques. These gentle techniques specifically improve the flexibility of joints in the spine and hips. This takes many years of medical training and skill to be able to correctly evaluate and treat. In addition, physical therapists focus on teaching you how to prevent your problem from returning through specific exercises, retaining your flexibility. Start with gentle stretches for the whole body. Focus on your hips, low and mid back. Even gentle neck stretches can help your posture

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