Stretch for Pain Relief!
By Sara Butler
Chiropractors meet people in pain every day – it’s often the reason they find themselves on the chiropractor’s table to begin with! That’s right, people with low back pain, neck pain, jaw pain, shoulder pain, knee pain and more are often frequent flyers at the chiropractor. If one of these afflictions sounds familiar, then you can benefit from chiropractic care and a regular stretching routine. Here'a how stretching can help to relieve the pain you may be experiencing!
Muscle Pain or Subluxation Pain?
Pain doesn’t just have one source. In the chiropractor’s office pain is most often seen as the result of either a subluxation or an issue related to the muscles. Pain in the joints is most often caused by subluxations, resulting in pain, inflammation, nerve irritation, and muscle spasms. The only way to correct subluxations is to have a chiropractic adjustment, allowing the joint to return to normal motion.
Muscle pain is often caused by muscles that are tight and short. It can cause burning, stiffness, and achiness. The worst part is that tight muscles can prevent a chiropractic adjustment from holding, causing your joints to subluxate faster and add to the pain you are experiencing. One of the benefits of regular chiropractic care is that after a time the adjustments will start to become more pliable and relax, helping to reduce muscle pain.
How Stretching Can Help
If your pain is caused by muscles that are tight and short, then stretching is going to help bring you some relief and help you to avoid long-term pain as well. Stretching helps to lengthen your muscles and allows the joints to also move more freely, improving range of motion and performance.
If you incorporate a regular stretching program into your daily routine you can help bring more flexibility to your body. When you combine stretching and chiropractic care, you may never feel achy again!
Some Stretches to Try
There are several stretches you can try that are simple but effective. You should try:
- Lying hip stretch – This stretches the piriformis muscle in the hip/buttock area.
- Standing hamstring stretch – this stretches your hamstring. Tight hamstrings often cause lower back and hip pain.
- Standing hip flexor stretch – This stretches the iliopsoas muscle in your hips, a muscle which can get shortened when you sit too much.
- Chest stretch – This stretches the pectoralis major in your chest, a muscle that can cause pain in your upper back and shoulders if too tight.
If you need help creating a stretching routine to follow, discuss it with your chiropractor during your next adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic!