Week 2 of June brings us to the Chair Forward Fold
Those of you who sit for long periods of time can end up with a tight lower back, hip, and thigh muscles. This week’s stretch will target all those areas!
If you have a history of low back conditions such as pain, bulging/herniated discs, hip problems or hamstring strains or tears, this may not be the right exercise for you. As with beginning any exercise program, it is recommended to consult with your physician, physical or occupational therapist to determine which exercises are best for you.
You will need a chair, preferably one without wheels. If your chair has wheels, make sure they are locked in place.
Athletes in every sport take measures to reduce their risk of getting an injury. Soccer players wear shin guards to protect their shins, weight lifters activate targeted muscles with light weights before moving onto heavier loads, and sprinters warm up their muscles by progressively increasing their speed. You didn’t need to read this blog to know any of that, but it sets up an important idea. Proper preparation can reduce the chance of an unwanted injury.
For the month of June we are exploring chair stretches for the weekly stretch!
This month is dedicated to all the sitting a majority of us do on a daily basis. These stretches will focus on opening up the chest, hips, low back, and hamstrings; areas where we all need a little more flexibility.
Thick hair and nails, radiant skin, and…hand numbness? The later weeks of pregnancy bring some welcomed physical changes that others may notice and comment how a woman has “a pregnancy glow.” But in a portion of women, the third trimester may also bring the uncomfortable symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
We all know the dangers of texting while driving, but have you stopped to consider the dangers of texting while walking?
Today’s society is more distracted than ever. Whether it is listening to music, talking, texting or playing a game, we are constantly engaged in something and not as aware of what is going on around us.
Our 5th and final restorative stretch is called Reclined Cobblers Stretch.
It is one of my absolute favorites, and feels so relaxing and wonderful. I hope you give it a try! You will need a bolster and a folded blanket to perform this stretch.
There is little evidence that running alone will send you to the operating room for knee surgery due to arthritis. That’s not to say that runners’ knees do not bother them. It is the most common body region runners complain of have aches and pains.
Week 4 of our restorative stretch journey takes us to the Supported Prone Twist.
You will need a bolster or several folded blankets for this stretch.
If you have a history of knee pain or injuries, conditions hindering you from twisting, or if you have trouble getting up and down from the floor, please do not perform this stretch. As with beginning any exercise program, it is recommended to consult with your physician, physical or occupational therapist to determine which exercises are best for you.
Over the course of the past twelve days, I have experienced working with the US Soccer U16 Boys National team in Gradisca, Italy.
Our third restorative stretch for May is a gentle low back stretch. I call this one Supported Hugging Knees.
You will need your yoga bolster or three folded blankets.
If you have a history of low back injury, hip or sacral injury/pain, or if you have trouble getting up and down from the floor please do not perform this stretch. As with beginning any exercise program, it is recommended to consult with your physician, physical or occupational therapist to determine which exercises are best for you.