Waking up with a stiff lower back? Help is at hand.
You set the alarm and get up early to get in some exercise before work commitments, but your lower back says “whoa!” and the first 30 minutes of your precious training time you are trying to limber up and get rid of the stiffness and pain. Why does it have to be this way?
Your body produces natural anti-inflammatories (something like ibuprofen) but only during the day. "We have these in-built chemicals in our body which act the same way on your cells as ibuprofen does – it helps to bring down inflammation and basically makes us less sore and less stiff," says Dr Richardson, who is a spokesperson for Osteopathy Australia. But at night, production slows down. What’s more, because we aren’t moving about as much while we sleep, our blood, lymphatic and synovial fluids stagnate a bit, and don’t lubricate our muscles and joints like they do during wakeful hours when we move more. The end result is morning stiffness.
Not everyone wakes up stiff and sore. However, tests show that even those who leap out of bed in the morning are actually not as flexible as they are during the day. Then again, they don’t need treatment, but those of us who drag themselves painfully out of bed could do with some help. The qualified osteopaths at Williamstown Osteo and Pilates are in a great position to assist with specific exercises to help you warm up and gentle movements to encourage better fluid flow – blood, synovial and lymphatic. This all helps to lubricate muscles and joints to get you moving pain free once again. But listen to your body as you exercise. If your body says “no” to a deep lunge, for instance, just go as far as is comfortable.
So if you don’t get up in the morning feeling lithe and fantastic, a visit to a skilled osteopath at Williamstown Osteo and Pilates can set up a programme to get you exercising and moving comfortably first thing in the morning once again.