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When Life Becomes a Stretch, Let Chiropractic Help

By Sandy Schroeder

Do your knees and back feel stiff and sore in the morning? Is it tough to reach the top shelf, or scoop things off of the floor? Is everything more of an effort when you hike, bike or walk on the weekends? Range of motion, flexibility and balance all tend to lose ground as we move into our 30s, 40s or 50s. We spend a lot more time at a desk than we do on the courts or the green, and our body responds accordingly.

Turning everything around could be as simple as seeing your chiropractor and doing some daily stretching exercises.

The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your neighborhood staffs a wellness center that focuses on issues such as range of motion and pain and helps people of all ages find the best solutions for health, wellness and fitness.

How Your Chiropractor Helps

When you come in, your chiropractor will evaluate your flexibility, ask about aches and pain, and review your health history. You will learn how spinal health may improve your overall health.

Our spines keep us moving every day and the central nervous system housed inside serves as the control center for all of our brain-to-body communication. When the spine is healthy, we may feel the difference throughout the body.

A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may relieve many aches and pains and ease the stiffness. You may also sleep better and have more energy. As you consider the benefits, weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may become a natural way to stay healthy and active. Your chiropractor can help you put together a daily stretching routine that helps you regain and retain flexibility.

How to Start Stretching

Harvard Health says healthy adults should be using yoga, tai chi, or stretch routines at home to help the shoulders, neck, chest, lower back, hips, legs and ankles. Stretches should be done two to three times a week.

  • Stretch for 60 seconds on each exercise, holding for 15 seconds on a stretch and repeating three times 
  • Never bounce when you stretch; as you ease into a stretch, stop if there is any discomfort
  • Always check with your doctor and your chiropractor before beginning new exercise routines

Here's a sample stretch exercise.

Standing shoulder and chest stretch to improve shoulders, chest and biceps.

  • Stand facing a doorway
  • Extend the left arm and put the left hand on the door frame with palm facing forward
  • Slowly turn the body to the right away from the door frame until you feel the stretch in your shoulder and chest
  • Repeat on the other side

Start moving better now. Visit The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Walk-ins are welcome and clinics are open weekends and evenings. Affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance.

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

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