Slowly, get moving to help back pain.

Stretching and activity can help reduce your back pain and speed recovery after an injury. And when you take the time to stretch, you’re helping prevent future accidents.

Your individual injury and level of pain will dictate what exercise and rehabilitation program will be most effective. The most important thing is to start slowly. Then you can increase repetitions as you feel stronger.

If you have low back pain, in particular, ask your doctor of chiropractic before starting a new exercise program. He can give you an individualized program and teach you about proper stretching technique.

Do you know how to use the correct technique?

If you don’t use the correct technique, you may end up stretching the wrong muscles and not feel any better as a result.

Passive stretching can help increase mobility in a specific muscle or joint. Hold stretches for 15-30 seconds so the muscles can gradually relax and lengthen.

Stretches should never cause pain.

Stop immediately, if you feel any discomfort.

Robert W. Ferguson, D.C., F.I.A.M.A., state-licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist, sees patients at 2250 W. 86th Street, Ste. 100, on the north side of Indianapolis by Le Peep restaurant. Just look for the orange sign.

Chiropractic Rehabilitation & Acupuncture now accepts Healthy Indiana Plan for chiropractic services, and most insurance for chiropractic therapy and acupuncture.

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