Posts Tagged "low back pain"

Quick Tip: Is your low back sore?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2019 in Exercises

Quick Tip: Is your low back sore?

Our low backs can get sore and achy for a number of reasons — whether we’re sitting at a desk for many hours, or standing for long periods of time. Whenever we stick around in any position for too long, the low back can miss out on the the kind of movement that keeps it healthy, strong, and limber. In this week’s Quick Tip, Jenny Lightstone and Psoas therapist Derek Lozupone demonstrate a great way to bring safe rotational movement into the low back. The Single Leg Windshield Wiper exercise activates the core, stretches the side body, and makes for an awesome break from...

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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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