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Use Chiropractic and Range of Motion to Ease Pain

By Sandy Schroeder

When pain begins in the neck, back or legs, most of us become motivated to find answers.

Recently, University of Southern California professor Eric Robertson said, "Most pain comes from weak or stiff muscles. If you never turned your head, at the end of the day it would feel stiff and uncomfortable. That's what happens when we sit in a car or at a desk."

Robertson suggests we take our joints through a range of motion routine every day with regular stretching programs such as yoga. Wherever you are now with pain and stiffness, this may be the time to find out what chiropractic and range of motion can do for you.

How Your Chiropractor Can Help

The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you helps people find natural solutions for pain without prescription medications or surgery.

When you come in, your chiropractor will ask about your pain, daily routine and health history. A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may improve your spinal health and relieve pain. The spine twists and turns to move us through the day and the central nervous system inside controls brain-to-body communication. When the spine works well, we do too.

As you evaluate the benefits, weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may help you stay pain- free. At the same time, you and your chiropractor can consider stretching programs with range of motion exercises.

Range of Motion Exercises

Harvard Health cites the American College of Sports Medicine tips for stretching the neck, shoulders, lower back, chest, hips, legs and ankles at least twice a week.

Yoga - A class can provide a series of poses called asanas that alternately lengthen and relax large muscles to improve flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. Talk with a certified instructor about your goals.

Tai chi - The low-impact flowing motions of this ancient Chinese practice can be a slow motion meditation to ease stiffness, improve balance and lift the spirit. Check for local instructors and observe a class.

Gentle water aerobics - Water that is warm and supportive invites stretching to improve flexibility and range of motion. Look for classes at community facilities.

As always, talk with your doctor and your chiropractor before you begin new exercises.

When you are ready to start, visit The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance. Weekend and evening hours make visits easy. 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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