Are your Stretches and Exercises Failing To Give You Relief?

When you have back or neck pain, the most common approach give to help is using stretches and exercises. Yet most people find after performing these for a period of time, relief is slow or poor.

It becomes frustrating as you have spent numerous hours performing the exercise, made sure you did them exactly as instructed, and still pain remains.

Stop Before You Start

The main aim for both stretching and exercising is bringing your spine back into alignment. But if you stretch the wrong muscles, strengthen the wrong muscles or perform these techniques incorrectly, you could be causing more problems than when you started.

So before you start, stop. You need to understand the importance of detecting exactly where your problems are coming from. You need to know the best techniques to rebalance your spine. And only then should start applying the techniques.

Why Do Stretches Fail?

The most common reason why stretches have poor results is that most stretches are not specific enough for your type of pain. Generic stretches may help you become more flexible in general, but they do not target the specific muscles causing your pain.

The second reason is that there are numerous ways to stretch, certain types of stretching has been shown to relax the muscle causing pain quicker and faster than the standard, stretch and hold methods.

Timing is also an issue, unless you stretch at the right times of the day, then stretches become less effective. Stretching is designed to ease muscle tension, but as soon as you move after your stretching, the muscle is back in use and tightening up again.

To make sure the muscle relaxes and stays relaxed, there are certain times that are better to stretch, that way the muscle is re-educated t stay relaxed of longer, which means less pain.

Is exercising any better?

As part of the solutions to your pain, you hopefully have been told you have muscles that are too tight, hence the need for stretching, and those that are weak. The weak muscle therefore needs to be exercised to rebuild heir strength.

So you start lifting weights, doing body weight exercise or even isometrics. You may spend hours each week, exercising for months and months and still have back pain return.

Exercising is essential to build strength, but before you try to build strength in the muscle you must first make sure the nerve and blood supply are correct. The nerve and blood supply are the fuel to the muscle, if the fuel supply is poor, then you can lift weights all day and still not get the gains you need.

This is the most common reason why exercise fails to stop back pain.

The Stretching and Exercising solution

Stretching and exercising are an essential part of back pain relief. However, you must stretch and exercise effectively.

To do this you first must identify exactly which muscles are out of balance. Certain muscles will be weak and others tight, they pull your spine out of alignment and create spinal imbalances.

Identifying these spinal imbalances allows you to pinpoint the precise muscles that are at fault. Then you can stretch effectively and exercise efficiently to remove pain. The principles of Spinal Balancing, is that you first identify the cause and then perform corrective techniques to rebalance your spine.


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