It’s Dawn Strom and in this video I want to talk about one simple strategy that you can use to help relieve your low back, neck and shoulder pain at night or during the day if you’re having symptoms. It’s a super simple exercise. It just involves laying on the floor and decompressing your spine by releasing your lower legs. Sound doable?
To get started, all you’re going to do is find a chair that you can use that is about knee hight. You’re going to bring yourself right up to the edge of it, and you’re going to lie down and let your legs hang on the top of the chair. You want to try to keep your legs at about 90 degrees. The idea is that you’re really releasing your low back and letting your femur bones just kind of hang in the sockets to release your hips and pelvis as well. Also, you want to let your neck and shoulders relax on the floor and release any tension you feel in these areas as well.
Now you’re going to just stay on the floor with your legs up and do a couple deep inhales and exhales. Let your belly stay relaxed on the inhale and on the exhale. You can stay here as long as you want, as long as you need to, to really feel like your muscles can relax and you can feel like you can fully breath in a way that allows you to take a deep and full inhale and exhale.
If you don’t have a stool, you can also do this in what we call a constructive rest position. Lie on the floor, letting your knees be bent at about 90 degrees and let your knees slightly spiral in towards each other so you don’t have to work to hold them up. Again, palms facing the ceiling and neck and shoulders relaxed on the ground, you can do some nice deep breathing in this position, allowing your back to relax on the floor.
Just one note, make sure you’re not tucking your pelvis at all and tightening your low back or arching it. You should feel like your pelvis can be in a nice neutral position as you focus on your breathing.
Okay, so this position can be really great at the end of the day or even during the day if you’re having some low back pain and you have time to take a moment on the floor to do some release and breathing. Very simple to do, and you can do it as long as you need to just to feel like you can really fully relax those muscles, take a deep breath and hopefully relieve some of your symptoms so you can get on with your day and get a good night’s sleep.
Let me know what you think in the comments, and take care for now.