These damn knees.
That was what she said as she stood there looking frustrated and defeated— annoyed at the pain that seemingly wouldn’t go away.
She does all the right things; exercises and tries to eat healthy, stretches and has stopped overtaxing her body, drinks lots of water and works to stay hydrated. Yet the pain persists.
Some days she feels incredible and alive. Some days not so much. She has stopped squatting. *Damn those knees again.*
She has stopped lifting things overhead. *Ouch, my shoulders.*
She has put away her sneakers and stopped walking longer distances. *Did I really just hurt my back?*
Hurt body parts and sore joints can be an ever nagging issue, especially as we get older. And, somedays it may feel like relief is not in your future. Or maybe you are not sure where to even start.
Back pain and tightness is super common, and for good reason. There are so many factors that play into back health — hips, abdominals, low back, upper back, quadriceps, hamstrings, to name a few. When your back is aching, it will let you know. That’s when you pull out the mental first aid kit…
You have iced. You have pilled. You have rested. You have altered your lifestyle. Yet — there it is! *Please just go away*
Even though proper strengthening is super important for a healthy, pain-free back, stretching is a simple start to get you walking on the right path. Today, I am going to share some of my first stop back and hips stretches that are key stretching components of keeping my back pain-free and injuries minimal.
Take care of your back and it will take care of you! Need more advice or got your own unique issue? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how I can help you!
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