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How Would You Rate Your Upper Body Strength?

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us give body strength very little thought. As we run through the day, we tote, lift and move all sorts of things, and usually it’s fairly automatic. However that body strength does require maintenance.

HarvardHealth warns us that if we lose it, our muscles can shorten and reduce our range of motion or lead to injuries, such as small tears in a muscle or rotator cuff or tendinitis in the shoulders.

How Your Chiropractor Can Help

Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find out how their wellness center can help you keep fitness front and center. The Joint’s doctors of chiropractic focus on spinal health to reduce pain and generate wellness.

Your chiropractor will assess your upper body strength, review your daily routine and check your health history. Focusing on spinal health, a gentle targeted spinal adjustment may work to relieve aches and pains and generate a sense of well-being. Often patients report less stress, better sleep and more energy.

Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may become a simple way to stay healthy and focus on issues such as strength maintenance.

Harvard Health warns once we reach our 50s strength training is key to staying active and independent to enjoy life. Most 30-year-olds lose a quarter of their muscle strength by age 70. Looking ahead to retirement, we should all add strength training to our workout routines. Here are some basics to use.

  • Vests and ankle cuffs that are weighted
  • Free weights
  • Resistance elastic bands for arms and legs
  • Exercises like yoga that use poses to lift body weight

What to Do Next

Get your doctor’s approval before beginning new exercises. Work with your chiropractor or a gym specialist to create a regular strength-building routine. Start with 20-minute workouts and look for results in four to eight weeks.

Be sure to practice regularly - Try for a complete upper and lower body strength workout two or three times a week.

Challenge your muscles - Choose weights that tire muscles by the last two reps.

Take time off  - Always leave 48-hour breaks between sessions to allow muscles to recover.

Your chiropractor can monitor your progress and catch any new developments before they become major issues.

When you are ready to get started, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Find out more about affordable packages and plans that eliminate the need for insurance. Enjoy convenient weekend and evening hours. No appointments are needed.

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

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