Let Chiropractic Keep You Limber
By Genevieve Smith
Whether we like to admit it or not, as age creeps up on us, the body stiffens. It becomes harder to bend to our toes, twist our torsos, or exercise for extended bouts of time. Along with time also comes a higher likelihood of aches and pains. Chiropractic seeks to delve into the musculoskeletal structure to work on tight muscles and misaligned bones, and has the potential to relieve the body of some of the stressors of age. Chiropractors can pull from their expertise to offer tips as to how to avoid putting further stress on the body as you continue to accrue that wisdom!
What Happens As We Age
A full life includes tons of activity, from running and climbing to social gatherings and globetrotting. Your body carries you through these experiences, but with the support of those handy dandy joints. Over time, joints inevitably wear down from all the wonderful experiences, and pain can emerge in the ankle, knee, hip, wrist, elbow and shoulder joints. Additionally, anyone with an active lifestyle of sportsmanship has likely accumulated micro-traumas in areas of overuse, where small injuries have built up over time without the rest to heal. Your work style has an affect on the body as well, and repetitive actions often lead to strain. Most importantly, if heavy strain has been placed repeatedly, your bones can shift out of alignment or begin to grow in a new direction.
How Chiropractic Can Help
Chiropractic adjustments are a source of physical therapy for tight muscles or overextended joints. Manual manipulations bring blood flow into adjusted areas. This helps relieve joint pain and encourages a steady stream of resources for your fibers to rebuild from micro-traumas or strain. Chiropractors are trained to recognize areas of misalignment and help guide out-of-place bones back to their intended place over a series of adjustments.
Tips from the Chiropractor
- Engage in low-impact forms of muscle-building daily exercise, such a bicycling, swimming and dance
- Listen to pain and take adequate periods of rest to recover from higher-intensity activities
- Change up routines so as not to cause strain from overuse
- Eat a healthy balance of antioxidant-rich foods, helping to reduce inflammation
If you would like to incorporate chiropractic into your healthcare routine, reach out to The Joint to learn more. Walk-ins are welcome anytime, and pricing packages are conveniently available for your benefit!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glendale, Ariz.