Your Best Hang to Help Back Pain

Back Pain

Everyday school activities can place a lot of stress and compression on your back. Sitting in hundred year old desk chairs, carrying a backpack and playing any sports that involve jumping or weightlifting can put compression on your spine. Your spine needs decompression to keep it from becoming too tight. Excess compression can lead to back pain. Fortunately, the most well-known way to decompress can be done anywhere and is relatively easy to do.

Simply hanging from a pull-up bar may become your favorite new stretch.  Grab the pull-up bar and let your body hang. Try to touch the ground while you are on the pull-up bar (If you are on one that is taller than you.)  Your spine stretches out as a result.  Keep your head forward and tighten up your core while performing this decompression stretch.  Hang for as long as is comfortable.  The tightness in your back is being released.

Hang from a pull-up bar during your warm-up, cool-down, and after every heavy weight exercise that compresses your back (e.g. squats or deadlifts). Hanging on the pull-up bar is one of the simplest, yet most effective stretches you can do.  Your back will thank you and your shoulders would not mind the stretch either.  Enjoy your newly decompressed back!