Avoid injuries, aches and pains on long car journeys with these simple stretches from State 11 Soft Tissue Therapy, Spalding
Getting out of a car after a long journey is all too common.
But if you can build in a few stops at services or picnic areas on your way, there’s some very easy stretches you can do to help the long journey easier on your body.
In Car Stretches
These stretches are great for if you're the passenger in a car. Please don't attempt to do these whilst you're driving!
The Slump Stretch
Best for big cars or in a service station, start by sitting with good posture, and straighten your affected leg. Bend your ankle backwards towards you. You may also drop your head forwards, and round your posture to create a stronger stretch. You will feel the stretch in the back of the leg (hamstring and calf), and possibly the lower back too.
Heel Raises And Toe Lifts
Sit upright with good posture, with your feet flat on the floor. You can do this exercise in your shoes, or with bare feet. Lift your heels going up on to your toes, and then return to the floor. Lift your toes going up on your heels, and then return to the floor. This exercise will help strengthen your lower legs and ankles and help prevent aches.
Out Of Car Stretches
These stretches are great for when you're stopped at services or a rest area. Please don't attempt them whilst you're in a moving vehicle.
Leg Rotation Stretch
Stand with good upright posture against a wall. Flatten your back against the wall, and rotate your whole leg inwards.
This is a mobility exercise for your hip joint. You can repeat the movement, or hold the position.
Hip Adduction With Flexion
Stand up with good posture, and bend your hip to 90 degrees, and move your leg across your body.
This exercise is good for mobilising a stiff hip joint (like what you might have after a long drive!)
Hip Abduction Standing Stretch
Stand up next to a table, chair or wall, and take your leg out to the side, and back to neutral. Repeat as required. You can also hold the leg out to the side and maintain this position. This exercise predominantly strengthens your outer hip and gluteal (buttock) muscles, but also mobilises a stiff hip joint..
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Getting treatment at State 11 Soft Tissue Therapy, Spalding
At State 11 in Spalding, we use a variety of advanced techniques to help people in pain or discomfort.
We are injury and pain specialists, and do not offer relaxation or "spa" style massages.
The techniques we use for reducing your pain include RAPID NeuroFascial Reset - an advanced Canadian technique devised by two Canadian therapists frustrated at not being able to make rapid, lasting change for their clients. This is a clothed technique that does not require removal of clothing, or the use of any waxes or oils. We are the only clinic offering RAPID in Lincolnshire.
We may also use sports massage techniques, kinesiology taping, fascial cupping or Instrument Assisted Massage.
Don't let pain stop you from reaching your goals. Book an appointment today!