We tend to take our backs for granted until aches become chronic and we’re jolted with pain. At this point, we realize that the back should not be neglected, especially since the spine connects to virtually every muscle in the torso.
Today, an increased number of people sit hunched over a desk for long periods, and as a result, they are suffering from a spine that is out-of-balance. If you’ve been sitting for three plus hours, walking or stretching can help increase your mood levels while decreasing back pain associated with being glued to your desk for extended periods of time.
Try these 3 movements:
1. Clasp your hands behind your back, and as you breathe in, bring your arms up as high as you can. Push your chest forward. Exhale as you lower your arms.
2. Breathe in. Bend your upper body down as far as you can. Keep your head gently lifted. Exhale as you slowly raise your upper body (try this while seated).
3. With clasped hands, lift your arms as high as you can. Bend your knees slightly and, as you breathe in, twist your upper body to the right. Exhale as you return to the original position. Repeat for the left side.
Repeat the movements described above three times each.
The team at Dahn Yoga, a national network of studios that teach Dahn Yoga (also known as Dahnhak), a Korean “yoga” system, leads a great exercise that can be done anytime you need relief (see below). And if you’re interested in visiting a Dahn Yoga Center, please inquire about the location(s) nearest you.