How Yoga & Chiropractic Care Work Together For Optimum Health
The increasing popularity of yoga in the US shows that a good number of Americans are finding its results beneficial for their health. This ancient practice that harnesses the breath to posture and stretches the body’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments has been scientifically proven to provide a wide spectrum of beneficial health effects. These include decreased stress, lower blood pressure, increased flexibility, improved physical stamina, a better sense of balance, and a deeper connection to the body through the breath.
Beyond these beneficial effects, yoga can also be seen as a means towards the healing of injuries and disorders of the health. This is based on yoga’s ability to make a connection between the physical body, emotional states, and psychological processes. By uniting all three of these human systems into one practice, yoga can have deep effects on all levels of human vitality that go much further than conventional physical exercise.
While chiropractic care is a relatively modern development in health care when compared to yoga practice, it shares many of the same principles in its application and results. Both systems aim to heal the body of injuries and increase health on all levels of experience. When regular yoga practice is combined with regular chiropractic treatment the rewards in health improvement can be massive.
This is because yoga, when practiced with consistency, tones the body and prepares it to experience deep levels of healing by stretching out restricted muscles and releasing long-held tensions. If yoga is practiced before visiting a chiropractor, the body is primed to receive the benefits of chiropractic treatment much more efficiently than a body that is holding a lot of effects from the stresses of the day. Yoga brings the vital energy of the body’s various systems into a balance so that chiropractic treatments can more easily direct that energy towards the body’s intrinsic self-healing processes.
By strengthening joints and the ligaments of the body, yoga can both accelerate healing processes and build up the body’s resistance to future injury. While eliminating stiffness, soreness, and inflammation, yoga puts the body into a state that is more conducive to receiving the benefits of chiropractic care.
As flexibility increases from yoga practice, so does the range of motion for movement of the body’s extremities by the various joints. This increased range of motion allows chiropractors to go deeper with their treatments and cuts down on preparation time spent getting patients to a healthy state for advanced healing techniques.
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