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How to Stretch Your Range of Motion to Enjoy Life More

By Sandy Schroeder

When you wake up in the morning and bend over to get your shoes, or reach up in the cabinet for the cereal, your body will give you a direct report on your range of motion ability. Sometimes it feels fine, other times, maybe not so much.

How far you can move a joint in various directions really is crucial to making life work. Whatever the task at hand, at home, at work, or in the gym, keeping your joints flexible is crucial to remain pain-free and avoid injury.

Listening to Your Body

If your body is speaking up and telling you that a little work might be in order, stop by your local chiropractor, The Joint Chiropractic, to learn more about the wellness of your joints and range of motion.

In your first visit, you will find a wellness center focused on you and the health of your spine and your joints. Your chiropractor will use a spinal adjustment to check for any misalignments. In the process, you may find new relief in any back, neck or sciatica pain that you may have. 

Your chiropractor will want to learn about your daily schedule and medical history.  Together, the two of you may put together a plan to make things run smoother.

If joint stiffness, with more limited range of motion, keeps coming up in the discussion, your chiropractor may suggest weekly 15-minute maintenance sessions, paired with stretching exercises to extend your range of motion.

How Stretching Works

A panel of experts, put together by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), evaluated studies on stretching. They concluded healthy adults should do stretching exercises, such as yoga, tai chi, or independent sessions for the neck, trunk, shoulders, chest, hips, legs, lower back and ankles at least two to three times weekly. For best results, spend 60 seconds on each stretching exercise. If you hold a specific stretch for 15 seconds, then repeat it four more times.  

The ability to keep moving freely can’t be emphasized enough when we look at our daily schedules. Handling everything from family morning launches, to long work sessions, on the road, in the air, or locked into meetings and computer sessions, can test and re-test our bodies.

Make sure you are up to the drill. Visit your local chiropractor, The Joint Chiropractic, soon. The Joint keeps everything simple, providing a private affordable care program to replace insurance, and flexible, extended hours with walk-in visits. 

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