You can’t out live life but you sure can stretch it out

One of my primary motivations behind developing the Lower Limber® Sequential Stretching and Activation System was to get my father moving. He had a heart attack after my mother passed away and to touch his toes for the first time in his 84 years put a real smile on my face. He said ‘it can’t be that simple son’. And I heard the words come out of my mouth ‘you just have to know where to start Dad.’ (Stuart Andrews)

Liz’s Story

Following a hip replacement surgery and then a broken leg, Liz’s mobility was greatly hindered. Then she was introduced to Lower Limber®. Hear her story.

It is well documented that physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older.

Studies have shown many adults aged 65 and older spend on average 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down. You are paying a big price for this inactivity with higher rates of falls, obesity, heart disease and early death compared with the general population.

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If you want to stay pain free, reduce your risk of mental illness and be able to go out and stay independent well into old age, you are advised to keep moving.

Find out how Lower Limber® can help you.

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Shirley Aged 88, Full hip replacement
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Ken Aged 91, Initially couldn’t reach his knees and had difficulty sitting up and down and thanks to Lower Limber® is now independently mobile and back playing golf.
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Stretches for Sedentary Lifestyle

Everything You Need to Know About Stretches for a Sedentary Lifestyle

Whether you have an injury, an office job, or an ageing body that keeps you seated for most of the day, our specific stretches for a sedentary lifestyle can improve your flexibility. Our patented stretching device can align and support your spine, stretch your muscles with minimal effort, and increase your range of movement with only a few minutes of use each day. It is small and compact, user-friendly, and ideal for people of every age and ability.

The Benefits of Stretches to Increase Back Flexibility

If you’re wondering ‘why should I stretch my lower back?’, there are numerous benefits to this exercise, such as increasing your flexibility so that you can perform everyday activities with relative ease.

  • You may enhance your range of motion: If you struggle to move your joints through their full range of motion and can’t touch your toes, you may benefit from doing regular stretches with our tool. You can easily control your movements as the device allows up to 50 percent reduced applied forces compared to other exercise equipment. It may also help to ease or prevent back pain due to tight muscles.
  • You can increase blood flow to your muscles: You can improve your circulation with regular stretching, which is essential if you have a more sedentary lifestyle. As you stretch your lower back muscle, you increase blood flow to the area, which can reduce muscle pain or shorten your recovery time if you’ve had an injury. Stretching and strengthening your back muscles can encourage proper alignment of your body and improve your posture, decreasing the risk of injury.
  • It is an ideal stress relief: When performing your stretching routine, this is the perfect time to calm your mind by focusing on breathing and mediation exercises. The stretches can relieve stress causing tension in your muscles, while focusing on calming your mind can give you a mental break.

Tips Regarding a Stretching Routine for Beginners

Consider our tips for getting the most value out of our stretch strap.

  • Approach your stretching routine with a positive mindset: Everyone has various abilities and start at different points with their stretching, so be kind to yourself and have a positive mindset. A positive mindset can boost your confidence and help you to stay motivated in reaching your goals. You can think encouraging thoughts, remember how much your flexibility has improved, and remind yourself that you are implementing healthy habits into your lifestyle to help you stay motivated with your stretching.
  • Put in the time and effort to stretch daily: Stretching doesn’t require much time each day, yet you should ensure that you do it daily to get the most benefit. Our stretch strap makes it easy for you to stretch while seated until you increase the flexibility and range of motion in your hips and back.
  • Find the ideal time in your schedule to do your stretches: Find a time in your schedule where you can concentrate on your stretches without having to rush through them. If you’re not fully motivated in the morning, wait until later to use our stretch band.

Our stretch strap comes with a comprehensive training and information guide so that you can use the device according to your ability and improve your mobility, balance, and coordination.

What You Can Expect from Us Regarding a Stretching Aid

Our stretching aid coordinates the spine, legs, and limbs of the upper body to adequately stretch your muscles for a few minutes each day and increase your range of movement.

  • Our tool is suitable for everyone: Our tool is part of a stretching and activation system that enhances your range of movement and flexibility. The stretching apparatus has an ergonomically designed back strap that supports and positions your spine in relation to your legs. An adjustable foot strap and dual hand controls facilitate a coordinated and balanced stretch between your back and legs for optimum muscle stretch and activation.
  • There is a reduced load on your arms and spine: The device has unique mechanical advantages, including the reduced load on your hands, arms, and spine. You can maintain sensitivity and control without using a large force, making this tool ideal for various physical abilities, ages, and lifestyles. The in-built hold and control system allows you to comfortably maintain the ideal postural alignment while easing into the stretch.
  • It is lightweight and compact: The stretch strap comes with a user-friendly storage bag so you can take it with you as you travel or stretch in a new location. You also get a comprehensive information guide that directs you through the stretching positions.

What You Should Know About Stretches To Increase Hip Flexibility

You can increase the flexibility in your hips with our selection of stretches using our specially designed tool.

  • Seated hamstring stretch: If you can’t touch your toes or struggle to get up and down from the floor, you could benefit from a seated hamstring stretch using our apparatus. In a seated position, secure the strap around your back, then put the heel of your foot into the stirrup. Hold onto the handles and lift your leg onto a chair in front of you. Now you can gradually pull the handles and lean forward for a hamstring stretch.
  • Seated buttock stretch: Stretching the muscles in your buttocks can improve your hip flexibility. We have a simple stretch that you can do sitting upright in a seat by placing one foot on your opposite knee and leaning forward slightly.
  • Standing quad stretch: Daily quad stretches can loosen your muscles and open your hips to increase your flexibility. You can stretch your quads by standing behind a chair and bending your leg at the knee and grabbing your ankle behind you. You can increase the stretch by pushing your hip forward as you hold your leg.

Why Trust Lower Limber Regarding Stretching Exercises for Flexibility?

You can continually align and support your spine with controlled and measured movements to increase your flexibility, balance, coordination, and range of motion with the Lower Limber Sequential Stretching and Activation System. Regardless of your age or physical ability, this device can benefit everyone from elite athletes to office workers, those in aged care facilities and youth. Contact u with any enquiries.

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Liz's Story

Following a hip replacement surgery and then a broken leg, Liz's mobility was greatly hindered. Then she was introduced to Lower Limber. Hear her story.

Letter from the Creators:
Aged Care

You can’t outlive life but you sure can stretch it out.

by Stuart Andrews

Stuart & Bronwyn

This is subject that is very dear to my heart, having seen both my parents contending with chronic movement-based issues. I watched my mother battle with a very aggressive cancer that greatly impeded her ability to perform the most basic of movement patterns and my father then had a heart attack.

It was during this period that that the whole concept for the Lower Limber® Sequential Stretching and Activation System was born. Watching my parents’ struggles made me realise that we should be asking not “what can I do for you?” but “what can you do for yourself?” and giving people the ability to get themselves moving.

In my rehabilitation clinic, I’ve witnessed this on a daily basis. Too often, the whole aged-care focus is on symptom relief, when the preparation phase should begin in our youth and be carried forward into our more senior years. Of course, even in our senior years it’s not too late to make positive change.

The human body is highly adaptive and can show our brains that real and sustainable change can be made. Unfortunately we all too often self limit by resigning ourselves to the fact that our best years have passed us by. As a result we reduce our activity levels and replace feeling with our bodies with negative thought process that can literally stop us in our tracks.

The physical and mental processes associated with aging are unequivocally linked. Both need to keep moving in a positive way, because what you think and feel is what literally moves you. It is often said that a “healthy mind equals a healthy body” but I would argue that it is, in fact, a “healthy body equals a healthy mind”, for without movement everything stands still.

The number of people in Australia over 65 years of age is expected to double in the next 40 years to 8.8 million (AIHW Oct 19 2017). Sadly, the focus seems to be on managing these older people, where the real focus should be on teaching them to manage themselves where possible. This means helping to create independence, not fuelling dependence on a model that is already under-resourced and stretched to the limit.

From a practical point of view, if people are mobile and can move around then their level of independence remains intact. Not being able to perform basic tasks such as walking and sitting up and down are often attributed to the aging process when, in fact, it is largely a result of neglect.

The Lower Limber® Sequential Stretching and Activation System has put in place simple physical indicators, nominating appropriate entry points (zones) for people to begin reestablishing or maintaining an appropriate range of movement. It has been my observation over the years that people (both young and old) can become overwhelmed by not knowing where to start or how to start. As a result the lack of movement tends to be more a thought-based limitation rather than a movement-based one. The answer is simply to make those entry points clear and concise.

This is where the Lower Limber® Sequential Stretching and Activation System is not merely an apparatus. It’s a way to implement a progressive movement-based system based on getting in touch with your body again and maximising the efficiency of your overall movement patterns. Design features, such as only half the applied forces being transferred to the hands while performing the various stretching exercises, are important where grip strength and arthritic issues often limit the ability of the elderly to coordinate the arms, legs and the spine in a meaningful and practical way.

The Lower Limber® Sequential Stretching and Activation System doesn’t rely on big movement patterns to facilitate positive physical change. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. The way the system has been designed makes it possible to perform relatively small movements in a controlled and uniform manner. This leads to significant physical changes in a relatively short period of time.

The Lower Limber® Sequential Stretching and Activation Systems has a unique ability to make all your limbs move in a coordinated manner while your spine is actively engaged and supported. The sum of all these relatively small movement patterns not only increases your range of movement but allows you to experience a sense of wellbeing. That’s something that’s often overlooked as a key consideration in the self-management issues associated with the aging process.