Relieve muscular tension in your back, neck, upper & lower body.
The routines of illustrated stretching exercises below will help improve the flexibility of your neck, shoulders and arms. Practice the exercises daily to help relieve stress and tension from long hours reading, studying or working at your desk.
The detailed illustrations and lifelike figures make it easier for you to learn proper stretching technique and get the most benefit from the exercises. When you maintain good body alignment you will target the muscles you need to stretch.
Back and hip stretches
Long days at school or the office tend to tighten the muscles of the lower back and hips. My article on back stretching exercises includes an effective routine that helps you restore balance between the spine and hips. As you improve your flexibility in key muscle groups, such as the hamstrings and abdominals, you will reduce the strain on your spine.
I've written an e-book on back and hip stretching that offers convenient routines that for home and the office. The illustrations are shown from multiple angles, and common stretching errors are compared to correct exercise technique. My e-book, Correct Posture, goes into greater detail, adding posture exercises, ergonomic training and an introduction to core strengthening.
Upper body stretching
Work and school days, of course, can also tighten neck and shoulder muscles. My article on shoulder stretching exercises targets the key muscles of the upper body to take stress and tension from your neck and shoulders. Another article covers the major muscle groups throughout the body in a 10 stretch routine titled home stretching exercises.
If you need gentle strengthening exercises to go with your stretching routines, see my article on physical therapy exercises.
Rob Cowell, PT is the author of whyiexercise.com and Progressive Core Strengthening. whyiexercise.com was created from his knowledge and experience in physical therapy, fitness and athletics.
Back stretching exercises
Stretch key muscles affecting the spine.
Correct Posture See why it's the #1 answer to back pain.