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Sometimes, we just hurt. This is true any time of the day or night and it is never fun. While we are trying to go about our daily routine, it may become extremely distracting to have high levels of pain and no seeming cure. One thing that you can try is stretching either at night before you go to bed or in the morning when you wake up. Perhaps you may want to try both! Here are some ideas that you can use to stretch yourself out and hopefully hurt a little less.

  1. Touch Your Toes. The classic stretch is trying to touch your toes. If you are standing up, you want to stand with your feet shoulder width apart and relax your entire upper torso in an attempt to touch your toes. Breathe deeply and then let it out again. This will normally allow you to dip lower and stretch the backs of your legs as well as your back itself. If you are in bed or on a couch, sit with your legs straight out in front of you and reach toward your toes to achieve the same result.
  2. Arm Stretches. These may give you flashbacks to high school gym class, but they are effective. Bending your arm at the elbow and placing your hand behind your head on your upper back and gently pulling with the other can help to stretch out some of the muscles in your arm. Continue to do this until you feel a tug so you know that it is working.
  3. Neck Rolls. Rolling your neck gently is something that may be able to help pain you have there. Never try and push your neck, however, as serious damage can be done. Keep your mouth open in a natural position and slowly roll your head around to the right and the left. Always be careful with this stretch in particular.

In addition to these stretches, we suggest you come into DiBella Chiropractic. Getting a spinal adjustment can certainly help release a lot of the pent up stress and tension that you feel in your muscles and joints. While stretching can help get rid of some of it, it is always better to go to a chiropractor as well. Come on in and see how much better you can feel!

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