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How to Stretch for Abdominal Pain

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author image Jeremy Hoefs
Based in Nebraska, Jeremy Hoefs began writing fitness, nutrition, outdoor and hunting articles in 2006. His articles have been published in "Star City Sports," "Hunting Fitness Magazine" and RutWear field journals, as well as on the Western Whitetail website. Hoefs graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
How to Stretch for Abdominal Pain
Stretches for abdominal pain improve the function and flexibility of the abdominal muscles. Photo Credit Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

Abdominal pain can occur from a variety of causes, including muscle strains or pulls. An abdominal muscle strain can result in acute pain that can last about a day, while chronic pain can occur over weeks and months. Certain stretches can improve the overall flexibility and function of your abdominal muscles. While you can stretch for abdominal pain without professional guidance, always consult a doctor before starting an exercise routine or if your abdominal pain continues after performing the stretches.

Step 1

Apply a heating pad to the abdominal muscles. The heat increases blood flow to the muscles that improves flexibility before performing the stretches.

Step 2

Lie your back on a fitness ball, with your lower back fully supported on the ball. Keep your feet planted in front of you on the exercise mat.

Step 3

Lean back while tipping your head backwards until you feel a slight pull or tension in the abdominals and front of the hips.

Step 4

Hold the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds without bouncing. Feel a constant stretch and pull in the muscles. Breathe naturally and freely as you hold the stretch. Breathing naturally promotes relaxation and can improve the function of the stretch.

Step 5

Apply an ice pack to the injured area following stretches and exercise. The ice helps to reduce inflammation and promotes recovery.

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