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Importance of Stretching + A Stretch Routine For Better Health

Stretching is an important factor when determining our overall health and wellness, yet it is often an overlooked part of our regular exercise routine. Whether you live an active life or a sedentary one, the benefits of stretching are far too important to neglect. Stretching not only helps improve joint range of motion and muscle tension relief, it can also improve your sleep. After a quick stretch routine, our bodies feel more relaxed helping us fall into a deeper sleep.

Here are a few other benefits of stretching including a great infographic of a stretch routine you can do after a workout or before bed.

  • Flexibility: Stretching helps keep our body and muscles flexible, aligned and in working order. Increase range of motion to ensure good posture, balance and proper movement while improving mobility and reducing stiffness.
  • Relaxation: Relieve tension to feel more relaxed. Stretching helps relax your body and your mind. You’ll be more focused and better able to manage stress.
  • Pain Prevention: By improving the flexibility of our muscles and joints, we are able to increase our range of motion and prevent injury trigger points.

Consider incorporating this routine, or one that is similar, into your regular exercise regimen. Foam rollers, Inversion Tables, and our Back Support and Stretcher are great tools to help you stretch in the comfort of your own home. For more information on how to stretch using proper technique, try our definitive book or visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists for recommendations tailored to your specific needs and abilities.

Relax In Comfort At Home With Our Help

homeAt Relax The Back, we believe in a 24-hour approach to pain relief. This means providing solutions to back pain and discomfort at work, during your commute, and at home. Oftentimes, pain and discomfort doesn’t go away when you walk through your front door.

If you experience pain at home, we’re here to help.

In our store we help people focus, discern, and prioritize their health and pain concerns. We strive to match them with the most effective and cost saving approach and product.”- Astrid Frayne, from our Victoria, BC location.

Through individualized attention, our trained specialists will help you find the best product solution for your needs. When visiting one of our many locations, you have the opportunity to try products that address your specific pain concerns. Feel the difference of a full body massage or targeted relief with handheld massagers, like the Theracane. Recline into zero gravity comfort and decompress the spine or experience spinal pressure relief using an inversion table.

Here are some of our franchisee owners’ favorite products to help you relax in comfort at home:

  • Zero Gravity Recliners: Elevate legs, decompress your spine, and reduce stress in this neutral posture position. This is by far our franchise owners’ favorite!
  • Massage Chairs: From shiatsu to traditional style massages, massage chairs increase blood flow and comfort at home.
  • Handheld massagers: These provide targeted therapy to soothe muscles.
  • Foot massagers: Use rejuvenating rollers and air massage to relieve tension after a long day at work.
  • Inversion Tables: Counteract the force of gravity on the spine to relieve back pain.
  • Foam Rollers: Rollers help improve flexibility, relieve muscle tightness, and are used for soft tissue mobilization.

If you are experience pain and discomfort at home, visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with a trained specialist who can help you try our numerous home, fitness, and massage products to help you relax in comfort at home.

Importance of Stretching

While we all know that regular exercise is important for our overall health, stretching is often an overlooked part of our routine. And for those with back pain, the benefits of stretching are far too important to neglect whether you’re active or sedentary. Here’s why you should stretch:

  1. Flexibility: The spine is a complex structure comprised of muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones. Stretching helps keep all the parts flexible and in good working order. Rather than being stiff and less mobile, you’ll have an increased range of motion to ensure good posture, balance and normal/proper movement.
  2. Stress-relief: Stretching helps relieve tension and can make you feel relaxed. Use it as a way to not only relax your body but also your mind.  You’ll be more focused and better able to manage stress that could result in back pain.
  3. Painrelief and prevention: Stretching improves the flexibility of surrounding lower back muscles, reducing lower back pain and muscle soreness. The combination of flexible muscles and increased range of movement prevents injury trigger points that would otherwise remain. 

Now that you know about the importance of stretching for spinal and overall health, consider incorporating it more into your exercise routines. It’s an important way to prepare the muscles for vigorous activities. That’s why stretching exercises should also be done before and after a workout to prevent muscle strain and soreness and to help avoid injuries. For spine stretches, consider using our Lumbar Extender Plus. Or for more information on how to stretch using proper technique, try our definitive book or see our trained associates in-store for recommendations tailored to your physical needs and abilities.