Summer Back Relief
Apr 05, 2011 02:01AM
During the summer we lift grandchildren, pull on weeds, repair sprinklers, and other physical activites that can bring on a sore back. Here are some suggestions that might bring back pain relief. Repeat each 5 to 8 times.
While lying down, lift your knee toward your chest. Pull and hold with both hands for 1-5 seconds. Repeat with other knee, then both knees at the same time.
Also, bend your knee toward your chest and grasp the top with the opposite hand, pulling toward that hand's armpit. Hold 1-5 seconds. Repeat with other knee.
While sitting on the floor with knees bent, grasp the outside of each ankle and bend forward between your knees, tucking the head down.
While standing, lean sideways from the shoulder until your fingertips touch the outside of your knee. Change sides. You can also thrust the hip out on the same side that you lean with, raising the opposite shoulder.
A partner can focus on the area between the bottom of the rib cage and the top of buttocks about an inch out from the spine. Apply pressure to tender areas for 15-30 seconds. If you don't have a partner, use a tennis ball between you and the wall working the same areas.
If you are under the care of a health professional for back problems, consult with them before trying these suggestions.
Trish Myers, LMT is the owner of Professional Therapeutic Massage of Melbourne. She is experienced in trigger point, lymph drainage and relaxation massage techniques. For more information call 321-750-4500.