What's Range of Motion Got to Do with It?
By Sara Butler
Your body was made to be in motion. Unfortunately, over the course of your life events you can’t control, such as aging and injury, as well as events you can control, such as lifestyle choices, can diminish your range of motion. This can make simple tasks, such as bending over to pick up your morning paper, difficult. The tighter you are and less range of motion you have, the harder daily tasks become and the more prone you are to injury. What can you do about it? See your chiropractor, of course!
Your Range of Motion in Everyday Life
Everything you do on a daily basis requires the movement of joints in your body. From brushing your teeth to turning around to back your car out of the driveway, joints need to be able to move freely in order for you to be able to get things done. The chances that you actually realize these joints are moving are slim until you have a problem with them due to degenerative conditions of the joints or injury. When you do feel pain, even the simplest tasks can seem challenging.
Your Spine’s Range of Motion
Your spine is your chiropractor’s primary focus because when the joints of your spine have limited mobility it can have a domino effect on the rest of your body. Health issues that impact mobility, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or headaches, can usually be traced back to an issue with the range of motion in the spine.
If your spinal range of motion continues to decline as you get older you’ll find more pain and discomfort accompanying the things you do. When you have your spine properly aligned, the joints are able to move freely and your range of motion increases. If your spinal alignment is a problem, it’s probably not due to anything you’re doing wrong, but simply a byproduct of everyday life. The key is to find a chiropractor who can help you to set things straight.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can work with you to determine the limitations of your spinal range of motion and work with you to improve it. By increasing your range of motion you’ll notice a difference in your mobility because of the increased blood flow and nerve communication in your spine. Your chiropractor can even suggest stretches or light exercises that can help to improve your flexibility and range of motion, even more, leaving you feeling great and ready to face your day.
If you’re concerned about your range of motion, come into The Joint Chiropractic today!