One move to do every day
to reset the spine
Pain is the body's signal that something is wrong. In the physio world, a common observation of/interpretation of pain is that your muscles and joints are out of balance and sending signals to your brain. These pain signals are saying...system is crashing; help needed.
Sometimes intervention is easy...substitute 'Exercise me.' for 'Feed me'. Your body was build to move, and sometimes that's all that's necessary. Other times, the system crashes to such an extent that the communication between your brain and your muscles needs a reboot. Then, you need a good physio!
When you experience pain for no reason (no clear trauma) and before you believe a reboot is necessary, try the Static Back exercise.... Our model is lying on her back on the back with her feet and calves elevated on a block (a chair or coffee table might work too). The back of her knees are tight to the edge of the block to support the legs so the muscles can relax. Arms are out at a 45 degree angle.
Lying in Static Back minimizes stress throughout the spine, pelvis and hips. It allows muscle spasm to relax, and it usually eases pain. If after 2 to 3 days, pain persists, or recurs quickly once you are upright: standing or sitting, start thinking reboot.
Despite looking easy, there's a lot happening to your body in the Static Back position...by giving your muscles (and muscle spasm) a chance to relax you essentially allow a reset of spinal alignment. on a firm surface anytime your back is hurting.. Hold the position for 30 minutes each day. Expect to feel stiff the first few times.
Remember to breathe. This position aligns your spine and spreads weight evenly through your body making room for full belly breathing. As you inhale, your belly should expand, when you exhale, your belly should collapse.
Breathing and balance make a powerful team. Static Back helps optimize both. Do Static Back every day to create balance in your body or use it for pain relief after you have overdone it. Your spine will thank you.
If pain persists or if the initial stiffness that is normal with a new exercise does not pass, there is something else going on. Seek help from a physiotherapist experienced with back issues and postural movement. If you have any questions, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), call the clinic 753-0155 or Click Here to schedule an appointment. We are here to help you live your life fully.