The spine is our support system keeping us upright. Want to minimize muscle tension and prevent (or minimize) back pan? Practicing good posture and articulating your spine will help. The Yoga pose known as cat/cow is one way to articulate your spine by first rounding your spine (mimicking the arched back of a cat), then arching your back (pushing the belly forward as a cow). A formal Yoga class isn't necessary, most people can safely practice this pose while seated as shown below. Here are two additional tips to soothe your spine...
- Draw your knees towards your chest. This movement relieves low back pain and tension by lengthening the spine.
- Practice ergonomics! Place a foot rest under your desk at work. This takes pressure off of your low back while seated and also improves circulation. A foot rest can be purchased though can be something as simple as a stack of books, a sturdy box, or nailing a few boards together. Aim to raise your feet high enough so that your knees are in line with, or a bit higher than your hips.
Be Well! ~ Tiffany