All too often we take our back for granted - until it lets us down, or we have given it all it can take.
A healthy back is strong and supple, but it can very quickly lose is strength and flexibility if it's not exercised. It's that old saying about use it or lose it. So what do you do to ensure your back is strong and flexible?
And it's important to get good advice about what to do to make your back strong and supple, because the wrong exercise can do more harm than good.
That's why I've gone to the NHS for information. These simple exercises can be done in five minutes and don't need any equipment or special conditions. So why not give them a try.
But beware, if you have existing back problems, take advice from a professional before trying any of these exercises.
And if you want to rest your back, try one of these techniques:
- Lie down on the floor with your feet resting on a seat or sofa for 10 minutes. This will help to stretch out your spine and remove the kinks in your back.
- Lie on the floor with your head resting on a couple of books (about 2½-3in high) for about 10 minutes to lengthen your spine.
- Lie down on your back with your upper arms resting on the floor and hands placed on your abdomen. Use a thin cushion to support your head and keep it in line with the rest of your body. Pull up your legs, knees pointing to the ceiling. Keep your knees apart and your feet flat on the floor. Notice how this brings your lower back closer to the floor.
Rest like this for just a few minutes every day and feel the difference in your energy levels.
Look after your back and you will feel younger and healthier and more relaxed.
And if you'd like some support to bring your body back into a healthy balance you might find Reflexology useful. For more information or to book, call Doris on 07724 197627.