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Feeling Pain or Stiffness? Try Chiropractic and Yoga

By Sandy Schroeder

Sitting too much and forgetting to stretch have become questionable habits for many of us. We sit all day at a desk, sit in our car to commute, and then come home and sit some more. The result is stiffness, poor posture, weak muscles and joint pain.

If you can relate, The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you may have some really good answers. The doctors of chiropractic that staff this wellness center can help you turn everything around.

Let Your Chiropractor Help

When you come in, your chiropractor will want to hear about your pain, your daily routine and your health history. You will learn how a gentle spinal adjustment may provide far-reaching pain relief and a host of other benefits such as more energy, increased mental clarity, and better sleep.

The spine lets us move through our day and the central nervous system housed inside supplies the brain-to-body communication that our body needs.

As you evaluate the results of your adjustment, you may find weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments will be the way to hang onto this pain relief. At the same time, you may want to add some gentle stretching.

Gentle Yoga Stretches

Prevention spotlighted gentle yoga stretches recently saying the nice thing is you can do them when you are in pain and they provide fast relief. I can support that idea 100 percent. By Friday when I go to my restorative yoga class my back is usually aching, but an hour of gentle stretching makes everything feel better. 

Prevention recommends gentle stretching every day. You will need a yoga mat and strap. Never push to the point of pain, and always check with your doctor before beginning new exercises. Here are some examples to try.

Glute bridge targets tight hip flexors - Lie on back with knees up, feet flat on mat. Squeeze your bottom and lift hips up. Hold for 3 seconds then lower. Repeat 10 to 5 times.

Standing forward fold targets hips, hamstrings and calves - Stand and reach down to your shins, toes or the floor. Bend your knees a little if your hamstrings are tight. Rest there and breathe and then rise back up and bring palms together in front of chest.

Sitting hamstring stretch targets hamstrings and lower back - Sit tall on mat with legs straight out in front of you. Reach for toes, or as far as you comfortably can without rounding your back. Knees can be slightly bent. Hold for five seconds. Then straighten back up.

Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to get started. Affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassles of insurance, and walk-ins are welcome. Clinics are open weekends and evenings.

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

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