Muscle tension and tightness can interfere with your day-to-day life. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips you can follow to encourage limber, flexible muscles. Try following any of these six strategies:
- Practice good posture.
Proper posture keeps all body parts balanced and supported. With appropriate posture (when standing), it should be possible to draw a straight line from the earlobe, through the shoulder, hip, knee, and into the middle of the ankle.
- Stretch every morning and evening.
Spine stretches are an important part of fitness. They help to increase circulation, reduce tension, and lengthen the muscles. Spine stretches are also recommended to improve posture, and to reduce back issues.
- Enjoy the benefits of therapeutic massage.
Therapeutic massage has a number of benefits in addition to general stress relief. A good massage will help increase endorphins, and can also encourage blood flow to speed recovery.
- Join a yoga class.
Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, never mind do a backbend. But if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible.
- See a chiropractor.
Chiropractic adjustments relieve pressure on the nervous system, promote spinal health, and improve overall health. These adjustments are especially beneficial for providing back pain relief and managing chronic pain caused by herniated discs or other spinal misalignment.
- Use lavender essential oil by Ellia.
Lavender is an all-around great oil for relaxation and tension relief. Diffuse lavender essential oil, or apply it topically with a carrier oil, to enhance the benefits of massage or stretching exercises.