Posts Tagged "low back pain"

Quick Tip: Want to create more space in the low back?

Posted by on Jun 19, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want to create more space in the low back?

Relief from pain often comes with a sense of freedom in the body. Many of you seek us out when feeling tight and compressed, and are amazed at how our bodywork can facilitate more length and openness. Still, it can be tricky to maintain that feeling in your daily life! And whether you’re training hard, sitting for long days at a desk, or just living in gravity — compression in the low back is particularly common. This week’s Quick Tip from the archive is a great Active Isolated Stretch (AIS) that invites you to reach out of the hips and create length in the low back and...

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Quick Tip: Are you using the right hip stretch?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Are you using the right hip stretch?

There are so many different hip stretches out there, so it can be hard to find the one that’s right for you. And for those of us with overworked lateral rotators of the hip, it’s really important to stretch them. Still, we have to approach these stretches with care, especially since stretching the hips can sometimes cause stress in the low back. In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott does a quick run-down of our three favorite stretches for the lateral rotators of the hip, and reviews the benefits and drawbacks to each. The first version (figure 4) is a great way to prioritize...

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Quick Tip: Do you need some travel stretches?

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in Exercises, Health and Wellness

Quick Tip: Do you need some travel stretches?

Have you been too busy with family to stay consistent with your movement routine? Or have you found yourself cooped up for hours in a plane or car? Either way, you’re probably feeling it in your body — whether it’s crunching in the shoulders, compression in the low back, or swelling in the ankles. If that sounds familiar, take a look at this week’s quick tip for some easy stretches to bring on the road with you this holiday season. You can do this routine almost anywhere to check-in with your overall alignment and loosen-up common areas of tension. Try it out, and let...

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Quick Tip: Do you need support in your forward bend?

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Do you need support in your forward bend?

If you're struggling with discomfort in the low back, forward bends can be tricky. Maybe you've tried leaning down towards your toes and felt extreme tightness around the sacrum? Or maybe you've experienced some sharp pain heading into this posture? Either way, this week's Quick Tip is great for you: a modified forward bend that keeps your low back safe. Check out how the support of a chair, stool, or table allows the low back to release instead of straining to hold your torso up, and still gives you a solid stretch in the hamstrings and glutes. Try it out — playing...

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Quick Tip: Is your lower back achy?

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Exercises, Stretches

Quick Tip: Is your lower back achy?

Thanks to the popularity of yoga, a lot of our clients know how important it is to release tension in the hips. But while pigeon pose, which targets the external hip rotators, is taught all the time, we rarely see clients working on their internal hip rotation. Scott Schwartz has found that many of his clients who come in with lower back pain are actually able to get some relief by working the internal hip rotators. In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott demonstrates a nice way to do just that. Start by lying on your back with your arms out to the side and your knees bent. Bring one knee at a...

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