Low Back Pain Stretching

Posted By :   Steven Schram

by jdqfzghe-ca on May 31, 2020

Dr. Steve Schram provides chiropractic and acupuncture treatments for back pain for patients in New York, NY. In this video, Dr. Schram demonstrates stretches that patients can do at home to relieve lower back pain.

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Dr. Schram Demonstrates How to Stretch the Lower Back

Often, I see a lot of patients with complaints of back pain or back stiffness. A lot of people are confused about how to stretch their backs. It’s simple. When I ask people to bend forward, they do so with a straight leg. Because the way the fascia of the body works, if you try to do that, you’re not going to stretch your back, you’re going to stretch your legs. Let me show you what I’m talking about. When you bend forward, bend your knees round your back, come down.

Now, I’m stretching my back out. I’m touching my toes, but I’ve got my knees bent. Now, I can slowly straighten my legs, and I can also stand on my fingers and pull and stretch my back. Breathe in, breathe out, and relax. Having your knees straight is not essential, what is necessary is that you stay in this position for about a minute or two because fascia takes time to relax. Muscles can stretch easier, but fascia takes longer.

You stay in this position a little bit longer. Breathing in, breathing out, and you want to keep your belly and your chest onto your thighs. When you’re stretching your back, start with your bent knees, come forward, put your fingers underneath your toes if you can, pull down a little bit, and stretch. Hopefully, that’ll give you a little bit more relaxation and allow your back to relax and take away some of that stiffness and discomfort.

Stretching for Low Back Pain New York NY

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Schram 

Learn more about Dr. Steven Schram and the care he provides for patients with lower back pain by visiting the practice website ( https://drstevenschram.com/ ). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schram, call (646) 736-7719 during business hours.

Stretches to Relieve Lower Back Pain

Posted By :   Steven Schram

by Steven Schram DC on May 4, 2020

Dr. Steven Schram is a chiropractor and acupuncturist in New York, NY. In this video, Dr. Schram demonstrates how stretching the thighs can alleviate low back pain.

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Low Back Pain Stretches – Dr. Steven Schram – Chiropractor and Acupuncturist

Tension in the thighs, this part of your body is often associated with back pain because it pulls us forward, and there’s a counter tension in the back. This is not where most people have a complaint about a problem, but it’s often part of its solution. I’m going to show you a couple of very simple thigh stretches that you can try at home. Maybe you’ll find some relief to both your tension in your leg and tension in your back.

The first one is sitting on your heels. I know a lot of people can’t get to sit on their heels. If you can’t, put a towel or a pillow underneath. If you can sit on your heels, do so, and then stretch back and lift your pelvis.

A variation on that is to spread your feet wide. Sit in between your feet. A trick is to move your calf muscle out of the way and then lean back again, again lifting your pelvis. Breathe in and breathe out. Come down, come forward.

A variation on that, which is maybe even simpler for some folks, is you lie on one side. I’m going to stretch my top leg. I’m going to grab my ankle, and I’m just going to pull it back, and as I do that, I’m moving my pelvis forward. I can straighten my bottom leg, but the key is to stretch it. Breathe in and breathe out. Stretch back. Arch back. Breathe in and breathe out and then come back to neutral.

Again, whatever you do on one side, make sure you do on the other. Hope to see you in my office soon.

Low Back Pain New York NY

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Schram

Learn more about how Dr. Schram treats low back pain by visiting the website for the practice (https://drstevenschram.com/). Patients who want to schedule an appointment should call (646) 736-7719.

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