I was recently away on a trip and didn't pay enough attention to doing my daily stretching exercises. I have 7 spinal compression fractures, and though I function quite well (I still work at two part-time jobs and walk my dogs twice a day) my back of course does not hold me up as well as it should, so I'm constantly working to keep it stretched and the core muscles strengthened.
I saw my osteopath this week for my monthly visit and confessed I'd fallen behind in my exercising routine and could not believe it when she said " I know, I saw that as soon as you walked into the room, I don't know when I've seen you so tense and jammed up."
She worked on me for an hour and I did feel a lot better. She warned me to work on my stretching exercises a lot and to not try any strengthening exercises for some time until I'm all losened up again.
So....it's back to my floor exercises twice a day from now on! They do make a difference. I do some of the ones in the Sara Meeks book and some others that my osteopath has given me. Without her guidance I'd be a mess.
Whatever exercise you find helpful, be sure to keep at it! It's amazing how even just 15 mins a day makes a big difference.