These stretches are so important. Do them EVERYDAY! The more we have become "sitters" at our jobs it has really added to the increase in low back pain. Many people we see have chronically tight hip flexors, the muscles that cross the front of the hip, and that adds tension across the low back. We treat low back pain almost daily and these stretches may not completely relieve that but may lower the frequency and intensity of those flare ups. Find this helpful?? Feel free to share and comment, we love to hear from you guys! STRETCH ON!!!!!!!!
Shoulder stretch: Release neck and shoulder tension.Interlace your fingers, and raise your arms above your head, with your palms facing upwards. Try to keep your arms in line with your ears, while you look straight ahead and relax your shoulder blades down your back (don’t shrug them up!) Let your arms fall down to your sides, roll your shoulders backwards and forwards a few times, then repeat the stretch, holding for a goal of 30 seconds for every stretch.
Eagle arms: Ease the deep-seated shoulder knots.Stand with your feet hip-distance apart. Hold your arms straight out from your sides, parallel to the floor. Swing your arms toward each other, bringing your left elbow over your right. Then bend your elbows, so the backs of your hands are touching. Now, hook one hand over the other so that your palms are facing each other. Once you have the arm wrap going, look straight ahead and try to keep your elbows lifted. Press your palms into each other, while you try to pull your elbows apart. Keep your shoulders relaxed. You should feel a powerful stretch in your neck and between your shoulder blades. Repeat the pose in the opposite position, holding for 30 seconds each side.