The downward-facing dog pose is a win-win for chronic back pain sufferers
At our office in Hackensack, we talk a lot about spinal decompression. So much of modern life involves unhealthy compression of the spine- from sitting all day, to using mobile devices too frequently, to foregoing physical activity. Our spines are already under an immense amount of pressure to begin with- from gravity, our body weight, etc.- so why must we pile on the compression even further with unhealthy habits? Nevertheless we persist, which means that our society is in desperate need of decompression. There are multiple avenues available to the decompression-seeker: the most popular are the nonsurgical kind we offer on specialized chiropractic tables, and spinal decompression surgery. But there is a third, holistic kind of decompression that can be done daily- it’s called spinal elongation, and the best way to achieve it is through stretching.
Daily decompression is preventive healthcare
The downward-facing dog is a yoga pose that combines stretching and strengthening to provide a tonic for weary bodies. By gently lengthening the spine and resting in this position, you provide a decompressive effect that feels ultimately restorative. Further benefits of the downward dog include:
- A stretch for the hamstrings and hips which, when tight, create a pull on the lower back.
- Relieves mental stress and physical tension
- Relieves headaches
- Strengthens arms and legs
- Energizes the body
This stretch should not be performed by women during late-term pregnancies, and people with high blood pressure or headaches should consult with a medical professional before undertaking this stretch.
If you are looking for a single movement that can be done at the end of the day to undo some of the tension which you have accumulated, the downward dog is one of the most effective. At our office in Hackensack, we love helping people find simple solutions that provide profound pain relief. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today.