Our All-Star Stretch of the Week: Downward-facing Dog


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.