Stretch your way out of morning stiffness and pain

By Newsroom 3:52 pm July 20, 2006

When you first get out of bed in the morning, are you stiff, sore or rigid? Are your bones popping and snapping, your neck creaking? Do your nighttime trips to the bathroom feel more like tryouts for a Frankenstein movie? You’re not alone. As we age, we tend to feel stiff in the morning or after sitting in one position for too long. So why do some of us experience stiffness in the morning while others bounce out of bed like kids?

Could you be sleeping in a way that causes stiffness?

The answer is yes! Just as moving constantly deprives us of restful sleep, not enough moving through the night is a common cause of morning stiffness. Have you ever watched children, dogs or cats sleeping? Have you noticed how often they change position? My cat changes her position about every 30 minutes or so. Several of my clients who complain of pain and stiffness in the morning have “trained” themselves not to move while they are sleeping. This is just unnatural.

Did you know that all mammals stretch before and right after rising from sleep

3 Responses to Stretch your way out of morning stiffness and pain

  1. Mario Reply

    May 20, 2009 at 9:51 am

    if your’e looking for a good lower body stretch routine try the one provided with the
    "stretch loop" it really feels great!

  2. Phil Reply

    September 22, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I’m going to start stretching. Several times a year, after a good workout the day before, my back will spasm at the slightest thing in the morning (while shaving, putting on deoderant…). I had been doing some slight stretches in bed before getting up but it wasn’t enough. After my last spasm, 3 days ago, I realize I need to stretch much more vigourously after arising.

  3. Paige Reply

    January 12, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I use a golf ball muscle massager to roll out each morning which really helps my body into the day i attached the link, it really does help. I also drink a scoop of biosteel which can help wake me up instead of coffee. Anybody else have any other ideas? http://www.zzathletics.com

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