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A Guide to the Back Stretcher

A Guide to the Back Stretcher

Back problems abound in today’s society, whether because of injuries, poor posture, birth misadjustments, or any other number of reasons. Even exercise can leave the back muscles sore and strained. Visiting a chiropractor can be significantly costly, making it hard to do on a regular basis, even if your back needs it. But there is an easy way to help your back improve, to help moderate back pain, and to avoid the injuries and overextensions that can lead to the need for a chiropractor. That solution is a good back stretcher.

A back stretcher is exactly what its name implies: it stretches your back. Stretching your back regularly helps keep your back muscles in shape and prepared for your daily activities. This is especially important if you spend long periods of time sitting for your work or other reasons, or if you are overweight or generally do not engage in a lot of active movement during your normal daily routine. Back muscles can easily become out of balance with the abdominal muscles, which prevents your core muscles from engaging effectively. Stretching your back muscles will help maintain that balance.

However, the back muscles can be difficult or awkward to stretch. That’s where a good back stretcher comes in. These devices are designed to comfortably use the natural forces of gravity and weight to properly stretch out your back muscles. There are many different types of the back stretcher on the market, so it is easy to find one that fits your lifestyle needs and your budget.

Some back stretchers are small, about the same size as your back. These ones are designed to support your back as you lie on the floor. The upward curve of the back stretcher gently pushes upward on your back, stretching the back muscles out. Because of their size, this type of back stretcher is one of the most portable.

Another type of back stretcher more fully engages the body in order to provide a thorough stretch. This one is like a half-circle that rises from the floor. You lie face up on the stretcher, so that your hips are about at the highest point of the half-circle and your upper body is upside-down. This allows gravity to help your spine expand and contract, stretching out your back muscles.

Fitness balls also make a great back stretcher. Much like the half-circle stretcher, you can position the ball under your hips (approximately) and lie back on it so that your upper body is upside-down in order to get a great stretch. The last type of back stretcher is the inversion table. This device is a flat back-support system on a triangular base, with the peak of the triangle hitting at about hip heighth. The support system is attached to a foot support on the bottom. You stand on the foot support and lean back against the back support system, then use the device to tilt back until you are upside-down. This provides the most thorough back stretch possible, making this one of the best back stretchers available.

If you are struggling with back problems, or want to work to prevent future back issues, you can safely and effectively use a back stretcher at home to improve your core strength and improve your back health.

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