12 Oct Best Stretching Videos to Relieve Stiffness and Pain in the Body.
Best Stretching Videos to Relieve Stiffness and Pain in the Body
Somatic Pelvic Tilt
There are multiple ways of dealing with back pain and sometimes to see the best results you need to combine different methods. For example, you might use medical cannabis for lower back pain from Apollo alongside some of these stretches I’m developing to help you relieve pain. This movement is part of the Hanna Somatics series I’m responsible for. The movement mimics and focuses on the type of natural stretch one automatically does in the morning.
I prescribe the Somatic Pelvic Tilt in several back pain situations:
1) When pain is such that very little movement is possible
2) When a client has lost muscular sensing of their back muscles (this is called Sensory Motor Amnesia)
3) As a general tonic for tired, stiff, and tight back muscles
Among the most ignored stretches are those for the hamstrings. I believe the reason for this is that too often static stretching techniques are used rather than a more effective technique like Active Isolated Stretching.
Tight hamstrings can exert a variety of different strain patterns in the body including strain on the lower back. Hamstring stretches are one of the most essential of all stretching exercises.
Hip Flexors Stretch
For many types of lower back pain, stretching the hip flexors is absolutely crucial. These muscles become short due to extended periods sitting at our desks or driving in the car. For a more in-depth discussion see my article about Iliopsoas Syndrome.
When short, the hip flexors can cause both direct pain, especially down the leg or into the groin, and also postural distortion which can lead to pain including lower back pain.
The gluteal muscles are another muscle group that can become tight and short from too much sitting. Potential symptoms of tight gluteal muscles include lower back pain and sciatica-like pain.
In addition, tight gluteal muscle can be the source of hip pain as a result of myofascial trigger points. Many of these problems can be relieved by regular, targeted stretching exercises.
Gluteal Stretches – Part 1
Gluteal Stretches – Part 2
Hip Stretches & Mobilization
Specific stretches and mobilization for the hip joints is an ideal complement to the gluteal stretches. These hip stretches will improve the overall range of motion of your hips and can help decrease hip pain.
4-Part Hip Stretches
Hip Stretches Using Hip Mobilization
I created the Full-Body Mobilizer because I wanted a thorough stretch my clients could do at work. This stretching sequence stretches the back, leg, and neck muscles using a fluid, repeated movement.
Stretching Exercises at the Office
If you don’t have time for a dedicated session of stretching it’s still possible to perform highly effective stretches right at your desk.
The first of the stretching videos below targets the lower back. The second one targets the gluteal and piriformis muscles which are often the real problem when you’re experiencing symptoms of sciatica.
Desk Stretches – Forward Bending
Desk Stretches – Gluteal & Piriformis Muscles
3-Part Abdominal Strengthening
I learned this sequence from 6-time Ironman champion, Mark Allen, with whom I took a training on the island of Crete, Greece. It targets the lower, middle, and upper abdominals while keeping the lower back very stable.
The mistake often made with ab workouts is to go too fast. As you’ll notice below, the following movements are done with a slow and steady pace.