Stretching in the morning is an excellent way to help prep your muscles, loosen stiffness and tension, and boost blood flow. And with physical therapy in Logan, Utah, we can also help increase mobility and flexibility and decrease or eliminate chronic pain.
Here are a few go-to stretches to get you started each morning!
Add These Morning Stretches To Your Routine
Child’s Pose. Begin on all fours with your knees under your hips, then touch your big toes together, extend the spine, take your butt to your knees, and tuck your chin to your chest. Take several deep breaths here with your forehead to the ground and your arms outstretched. You can also lay your arms at your sides with your palms facing upward.
Cobra Stretch or Prone Press. Lay down on your stomach with your hands in push up position, then slowly extend your arms and push your upper body up. Allow a gentle arch in your back. For a deep stretch, you may try slightly lifting your hips off the ground as well. Take one or two breaths here, then release.
Seated Lumbar Stretch. Sit on the edge of your bed or in a chair, then bend over and reach your hands to your toes. Round your back and hold for several seconds.
Knees-To Chest. Lay flat on the ground, then slowly bring one knee to your chest. Hold it with both hands for a few seconds, then release and alternate sides.
Neck Stretch. Remain seated with your feet flat on the floor. Touch your ear to your shoulder, then rotate your heck forward and repeat on the other side. Repeat rotating to the right and to the left, and forward and backward.
Shoulder Shrugs. While seated, shrug your shoulders upward, hold for ten seconds, then release.
Spinal Twist. Lay on your back, bring one knee to your chest, then roll it to the opposite side so it’s resting on the ground. Hold the knee down with the hand on that same side, then straighten and stretch the other arm out to the side. Slowly turn your head to face your outstretched arm. Repeat on the other side.
Shoulder Stretch. Stand up, interlace your fingers, then straighten your arms upward until your hands are high above your head with your palms upward. Lift until you feel the stretch extend into your rib cage, hold for several seconds, then release.
Quad Stretch. Stand up and hold onto something like a chair or a table for balance. On the opposite side, bend your knee, kick your foot back and upward, and hold your ankle with your hand on that same side.
Physical Therapy In Logan, Utah
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