Do you suffer from back pain or stiffness when waking up in the morning? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Global Burden of Disease, low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide.
There are several possible causes of back stiffness/pain:
Bulging or ruptured discs
Muscle or ligament strain
Whatever the cause, lower back pain can make even the most routine activities extremely uncomfortable or almost impossible to complete. A great exercise that could help alleviate this discomfort is the Lower Trunk Rotation exercise.
Here is the exercise demonstrated by yours truly:
Trunk twists gently stretch the muscles of the lower back while simultaneously strengthening them. The movement helps to reduce stiffness and increase mobility in this sensitive area. In addition to first thing in the morning, the exercise can be performed any time as needed throughout the day.
In addition to decreasing stiffness and increasing mobility, trunk twists yield the following benefits:
Stress reliever. Extending the arms while performing trunk twists helps to relieve tension in the shoulders, chest and back. When combined with slow, relaxed breathing, trunk twists can help ease feelings of anxiety and stress as well.
Improved digestive function. Twisting increases blood flow to organs in the digestive tract, increasing their ability to function properly and more efficiently.
Detoxification. Twisting temporarily cuts off the blood supply to digestive organs. When the twist is released, fresh blood rushes back to the area, removing waste and harmful toxins as it circulates.
Trunk twists are simple exercises with many amazing health benefits. If your back is stiff, give these gentle stretches a try. Your body will thank you.
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