Reduced back flexibility can be one of the first signs that trouble is brewing in your low back. Most of the time, stiffness and lack of motion will occur in your spine before you start feeling pain. If you address the flexibility problem right away, many times you can prevent the uncomfortable situation of having your back “go out” at the most inconvenient time!
In today’s video, I discuss what normal low back flexibility looks like and how to assess yourself at home. A healthy back has full range of motion without pain, pulling or tightness. Checking your back flexibility on a daily basis is suggested for those with chronic or reoccurring back pain. The rest of us should probably keep tabs on it a few times a week to nip any stiffness in the bud before it causes trouble.
So check out my video below to see how to check your flexibility on a regular basis. If you try out these tests at home and don’t think that your back measures up, it might be time to evaluate your home exercise plan (are you getting enough movement to keep your spine mobile?) or see the chiropractor to get back on track.