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The primary reason an individual decides to visit a chiropractor is because of the emergence of pain in a region of the body. Typically, these areas originate around the spine, such as the hips, back, shoulders, neck and head; however, chiropractic services can be utilized for a large variety of aches and ailments.

For the 100 million Americans who suffer with chronic pain, the time they spend in agony day after day can begin to take its toll on their quality of life. If this sounds like a phenomenon you experience, reduce your suffering in between chiropractic adjustments; try these natural chronic pain relief exercises.

Five Stretches for the Hips and Lower Back

Consider the large job your hips take on each day. They support the upper half of your body. They allow you to swivel and pivot to reach for things. Your pelvis serves as the hub that joins your spine to your legs. It only makes sense that this portion of your body, along with your lower back, would feel strained from time to time. Here are five natural chronic pain relief stretches you can try:

  1. Lunges
  2. Lizard yoga pose
  3. Hip flexor stretch
  4. Hamstring stretch
  5. Bound ankle yoga pose

Five Stretches for the Shoulders, Neck and Head

Think about the amount of times you turn your head in a day. You look both ways when pulling out into an intersection, you glance down and up from your smartphone every hour, you nod your head when your boss is speaking to you.

Your neck pivots countless times during the morning, afternoon and night. With this level of continuous movement, your shoulders, neck and even your head may occasionally begin to throb. Soothe the tension with these five natural chronic pain relief stretches:

  1. Shoulder rolls
  2. Shoulder stabilization exercises
  3. Lateral neck flexion stretch
  4. Chin nod exercise
  5. Neck retraction exercise

When to Seek Professional Pain Management Relief

Please keep in mind that the stretches and exercises listed above are not intended to be long term solutions to your chronic pain. While some may benefit from substantial relief, many cases will require further chiropractic adjustments conducted by a professional.

Dr. Elizabeth Bagley of Vital Force is a dedicated, knowledgable chiropractor whose skills can treat a variety of ailments and conditions, including but not limited to chronic pain, allergies, insomnia, vertigo and more.

If you have any questions for Dr. Elizabeth Bagley, or if you would like to schedule your appointment, see Vital Force’s online contact information. You are also invited to take a virtual tour of Vital Force’s St. Louis office.