A stretch that puts a smile on your face...
...and make this chiropractor very happy as well. We use yoga as part of an integrated back care routine- we love movements that combine stretching and strengthening in the same simple pose. Downward-facing dog is one of the most famous yoga poses, and for good reason. It is a gentle and scalable movement- meaning that the more you do it, the more comfortable and effective you become while doing the stretch, and the more your body benefits.
The benefits of downward dog, from a back pain perspective
- Provides an even stretch for the spine
- Stretches the hamstrings, hips and shoulders, releasing tension that accumulates from sitting a lot
- Strengthens arms and legs
- Energizes body and brain
- Improves digestion
For women, downward-facing dog can be used to ease menstrual discomfort and certain symptoms of menopause. The point is, this stretch is a holistic body tonic that can be used to keep chronic back pain at bay. The only contraindications are for pregnant women, people with high blood pressure and headaches, as the pose can exacerbate these symptoms. Come see us at our office where we can show you a whole host of movements that will make your spine sing your praises.