4. Stretch slowly and often
My advice is simple. Lengthen and strengthen. Keeping the muscles not only strong, but also long and stress free, allows for a better range of motion and mobility long term. This is especially important for those who play sports and train for both strength and endurance.
To prevent learning the hard way with muscle tears, sprains and injuries, the best method of active recovery is to spend sufficient time regularly stretching.
Slow stretching is a deeper, more gentler way of increasing flexibility and joint mobility essential for long term musclulo-skeletal health.
5. Balance your pelvis
The main hip flexor has a lot to do with the pressure placed on the lower back. Lower back pain often develops as a result of the main hip flexor (iliopsoas) shortening over time when sitting too long, too often or from simple stiffness and fatigue.
Stretching out the quads leading into a deeper hip stretch regularly will go a long way in preventing hip flexor shortening = causing an anterior pelvic tilt, = leading to lower back pain.
6. Use heat to melt muscles
Unless you suffer from arthritis that is triggered by heat, rather than cold, using heat therapy works magic to melt muscle tension.
Helping to restore original muscle length through relaxing the area and restoring blood flow, heat application to a muscle group brings great relief from built up tension and pain.
Incorporating these simple steps can greatly reduce muscular pain (a large percentage of pain is muscular), so until your next visit to a Myotherapist, I hope these practical tips are as powerful for you as they have been for many of my clients over the years.