There are few things worse than waking up in the morning to chronic pain in your neck, back, or joints. Morning aches and pains can make it difficult to complete even the simplest tasks, like getting up out of bed or putting on your shoes. But with the help of a few physical therapist approved stretches, you can begin to work certain areas of the body in the AM to help relieve pain and discomfort. The following physical therapy stretches are ideal for starting your day with flexibility in mind. They are also helpful in restoring your natural range of motion, reducing pain and inflammation as well. Keep reading to learn more.
Top 3 Morning Stretches to Relieve Pain
By committing to a few simple morning stretches each day, you can help to keep your body feeling limber and reduce pain in between your regular physical therapy appointments. Some of the best stretches to use early in your day include:
Popular in yoga routines, child’s pose is a great stretch for connective tissue and joint pain. If you suffer from arthritis in the knees or low back pain, this is a great stretch to complete before beginning your day. Start the pose by kneeling in bed, then sitting back so that your bottom is resting comfortably on your heels. Next, gently bend your body forward until your head touches the mattress. It can be helpful to then stretch your arms out and fold them in front of your face for additional support. Once you’ve eased into the position, you can then reach your arms out forward to help open the connective tissues in your neck, shoulders, and back area. Hold the pose for at least 2 minutes.
Low Back Stretch
If you’re dealing with recurring low back pain in the mornings, this simple physical therapy stretch can provide you with a great deal of relief. Begin by laying down on your back, bending your knees and keeping your feet flat on the floor. Use both hands to pull up one knee towards your chest, while keeping the other foot flat on the floor. Bring the active leg back to the starting position and repeat the stretch with the opposite leg. Keeping the other foot flat on the floor. Next, bring both knees to your chest at once. Hold each position for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat stretch at least 3 times.
This is another physical therapy stretch that is great for relieving joint pain and improving circulation in the mornings. Start by standing with your abs engaged. Slowly roll down, bending at the knee if necessary and touch the floor. Walk your hands forward, until you are in the push-up position. Then walk your feet forward, inch-by-inch, until you reach the back of your hands. Slowly roll your body back up into a standing position. Repeat the stretch at least 5 times, with your core engaged each time.
Discover the Benefits of Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain
If you struggle with aches and pain every morning, you should speak with one of our physical therapists sooner rather than later about creating a personalized treatment plan. There’s no reason to start your day off in pain and suffering through feelings of discomfort. Are you interested in learning more about the many benefits of physical therapy for pain management? Contact us one of our locations in Topeka, KS for more information and be sure to schedule an initial consultation with our friendly and experienced physical therapist today.