You can stretch wherever you want
And there is no better place than the shower: the hot water is already relaxing muscles and calming the mind, why not take the healing up a notch by adding in a few simple stretches. We aren’t asking for any intense yoga poses done over slippery tile- let’s keep the danger at a minimum. Furthermore, don’t stretch yourself into a frenzy- if you feel overheated or dizzy, stop immediately! Instead practice simple stretches that will release the neck and shoulders from tension while also letting the hot water do its work.
Next time you are in the shower, try this stretch routine
Clasped neck: clasp your two hands together on the crown of your head and gently lower your head toward your chest until you feel a stretch. Hold 10 deep breaths and let the water pour over you!
Back bend: Stand upright and put your hands on your lower back with fingers pointing upward. Press into your lower back and arch your body, looking up toward the ceiling. Hold 5-10 deep breaths and release.
Release shoulders: simply squeeze you shoulder blades together and release. If you have enough room in your shower, add to the stretch by spreading out your arms behind you as you squeeze.
While doing these stretches practice deep breathing to help influence calmness of mind. Stretching in the shower could help you find a new plane of relaxation, which is why it can also be especially effective for helping you get to sleep.
At Associates in Chiropractic, we believe that stretching is a key way to influence wellness on a daily basis. If you feel most comfortable doing it in the shower, then more power to you! As with all activity related things, we want to help you keep your body in optimal shape so that you can do all the things you want in life. If pain is holding you back, give our office in Hackensack a call to schedule an appointment and let’s start breaking you out of the grips of pain and stiffness today!
Dr. Albert Stabile, D.C.