Beating Body Burn-Out: Stretching
Work It Out
Stretching is a powerful way to relax muscles, decrease pain and improve energy. Following are several quick techniques, excerpted from “The Healing From the Inside Out Empowerment System: A Complete Mind-Body Approach to Maximum Health and Wellness,” with the permission of author and Weston, Florida-based physical therapist Debbie Milam.
Before starting any exercise or stretching program, always consult your physician; these exercises can be harmful if not done correctly. Ideally, perform three repetitions of each exercise three times a day.
- Stand or sit as straight as possible.
- Tilt the left side of your head (ear) toward your left shoulder.
- Pull your right shoulder down gently. Hold this position for a count of five seconds.
- Repeat on the right side.
- Stand as straight as possible.
- Shrug your shoulders up toward your ears. Hold this position for a count of five.
- Roll your shoulders backwards and drop them toward the ground. Hold this position for a count of five.
- Stand as straight as possible and raise both arms to chest level.
- Place your right hand behind your left elbow.
- Gently and slowly pull your left arm toward your right shoulder. Hold this position for five seconds.
- Repeat on your right arm.
Lower Back Stretch
- Lying on your back, bring one knee at a time to your chest and hug it with your arms. Hold this position for five seconds.
- Perform the stretch on your other knee.