Use Chiropractic and Daily Stretching to Keep Moving
By Sandy Schroeder
If you are stiff in the morning and moving slowly at night, your body may be telling you to stretch more.
Harvard Health advisers tell us stretching has to happen regularly. Without it, joints lose range of motion and muscles weaken. Over time, daily tasks become more difficult and walking may be affected.
I have watched this happen to seniors in my family and I recognize the danger when the hamstrings in the back of my legs tighten if I sit too long.
As always, check with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine. Stretch three to four times a week emphasizing hamstrings, calves, hip flexors and quadriceps. The neck, shoulders and lower back should be stretched too. Use a short walk to warm up muscles before stretching, or stretch after exercising.
Seeing Your Chiropractor
To deal with any stiffness or pain that you are having, and learn more about stretching, see your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you.
When you come in, you will find a dedicated staff of licensed chiropractors, who are well equipped to help. They seek pain relief for a wide range of issues every day. Pain in the back, neck, shoulders, hands, wrists, legs, knees, or ankles can be caused by joint restrictions that often respond well to chiropractic adjustments.
A spinal adjustment is accomplished through the gentle application of a targeted movement to improve motion of the body’s spinal column and extremities. Pain relief may be accomplished, increasing mobility and calming nerve irritation. Other benefits, such as energy, alertness or relaxation, may also appear.
As you evaluate the results, you may decide to use weekly 15-minute adjustments to keep the momentum going.
At the same time, you may work on becoming more active, sitting less, and stretching regularly. Never stretch to the point of pain, and don’t expect overnight results. Tightness or stiffness develops over a period of time.
If you sit a lot, try this hamstring stretch from Harvard Health to limber up your thighs: Sit on the floor with legs out in front. Gradually move hands down legs. Hold for 30 seconds. Slowly move back up.
The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you makes everything simple. No appointments are needed. Walk-in visits are welcome. Affordable care programs eliminate the need for insurance.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.