Championship Team - You, Your Core, and Chiropractic
By Sandy Schroeder
Exercising daily is now fairly well entrenched, and most of us try to walk, jog or run every day. If you can relate, you may want to focus on your core too.
Harvard Health reminds us the core is more than just the abdomen. It encompasses the muscles on the side, back, pelvis and bottom. Those crucial muscles let us move freely through the day, bending and stretching. Core muscles also help us retain our balance as we walk, run, jog, or hit the courts.
Keeping the core strong could start with the solid support of chiropractic, teamed with a daily strength exercises. The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your community staffs a wellness center with licensed chiropractors who help people find solutions for aches and pain, and health and wellness.
Strengthen Your Core With Chiropractic
When you come in, your chiropractor will assess your spinal health and ask about any aches and pain. You will find out how a healthy spine plays out in overall good health.
Gentle targeted spinal adjustments may ease pain and increase your sense of well-being. Benefits are unique to the individual. You may feel more energy, sleep better, or think more clearly.
Often, weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may work to keep you at your peak,and serve as a launch point to strengthen your core. Your chiropractor will monitor progress and help you put together the best core exercises.
Work on Your Core
For starters, core exercises will help you lose any extra fat around the waist, and lower your risk for heart disease. They will also help you improve your posture and balance.
Do a Posture Check
Have someone take a picture of you sitting to catch you in mid-slump at your desk or on the couch.
Do a Balance Check
- Stand near a wall
- Lift one foot an inch off the floor to balance on one foot
- Hold this position for 10 seconds to see if you are at risk for a fall
Gentle Core Exercises
Check with your doctor and your chiropractor before starting new exercises, and always remember to breathe throughout the routine. Here's a simple mat exercise to try from Harvard Health.
Arms and Legs Up
- Lie on mat on your stomach with arms above head
- Tighten stomach muscles and lift right arm and left leg
- Hold for five seconds
- Keep abdomen involved and pelvis tucked
- Repeat 8 to 12 times
When you are ready to move ahead, stop by The Joint Chiropractic near you to find out more about the affordable personal healthcare plan that eliminates the hassle of insurance. Clinics are open weekends and evenings and walk-in visits are welcome.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga