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How Much Flexibility Does a Person Need?

By Donna Stark

Can you reach the toy that rolled under your sofa? Can you touch your toes without needing to bend your knees? If not, your flexibility may be compromised, and you are going to want to address that sooner than later! Why? Well, flexibility is a vital component of your overall well-being. You need good flexibility to take care of yourself and to stay as healthy and fit as you possibly can. But how much flexibility does one person need? That's a great question, and your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have an answer for you!

How Much Flexibility Does a Person Need?

The answer to that question is ... it depends. If you are a professional dancer, your career may require more flexibility than the average person, but since many of us aren't leaping across a stage, we generally don't need that amount in our bodies. What we do need though, is the perfect amount to get through our days with ease. Here are some reasons why good flexibility is important to have.

  • Increases range of motion and mobility
  • Improves posture
  • Maintains proper alignment
  • Supports greater independence
  • Helps build muscles
  • Reduces the risk of tension, pain, and injury

How to Increase Your Flexibility

There are several things you can do to improve the amount of flexibility you have. Take a look at the following suggestions from your friendly chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

  • Stretch every day - Starting your mornings with some stretches is one of the best things you can do each day. Pay special attention to the major muscle groups in your body, and if you can, do your stretching after a warm shower. The heat from your shower will help relax and prepare your muscles for all the benefits headed their way.
  • Choose the right exercises - Exercises, such as yoga, Pilates, and tai chi are excellent choices if you want to incorporate deeper stretches into your fitness routine. These three forms of exercise are great at increasing range of motion, lengthening your muscles, and improving strength.
  • Get regular chiropractic adjustments - Routine chiropractic care helps improve flexibility by easing muscle tension and strain, correcting joint dysfunctions, and placing the body in correct alignment. The adjustments your chiropractor provides are gentle and safe for people of all ages, so no matter what stage of life you are in, chiropractic care is your answer!

Flexibility Is Key

Would you like to have better health and an improved fitness level? Work on your flexibility, then! With just a little effort on your part and regular chiropractic adjustments, you can start looking forward to touching your toes with ease!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arvada, Colo. 

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