How Stretching Can Help Chiropractic Patients
Anyone who has ever visited a chiropractor knows the importance of stretching. Surely your chiropractic doctor has recommended stretching as part of your daily routine, in order to keep your muscles and spine limber and keep the blood flowing. When an adjustment is performed, the blood circulates and patients must maintain this between visits. If your chiropractor has not discussed at-home stretching in detail or you have gotten a bit rusty, there are a few easy ways to get back into the game.
Before you begin moderate stretches, do some light activity to get your muscles warmed up. It may sound strange to be active before stretching, as we usually do it the opposite. However, your initial activity need not be strenuous; talking a brisk walk around the block or a few light callisthenic exercises will work just fine. Once you are a little looser, then you may begin your stretching regimen.
There are two basic types of stretching: static and dynamic. Static stretches generally have you holding a certain position for a small amount of time in order to loosen the muscles. Dynamic stretching on the other hand has you moving parts of your body in order to improve flexibility. Both are important as they promote different parts of your body. Your chiropractor can give you more information on stretches that will benefit your body most, but there are a few common stretches that can be done at home by anyone who wants to loosen up.
A common stretch that chiropractors tend to recommend is called “cat pose” in the yoga world. You get onto the floor on your hands and knees, keeping your hands underneath the shoulders. Allow your abdomen to lower down towards the floor and then reverse by arching your back. Repeat this cycle three to five times for maximum results.
Another animal stretch, known as the “scorpion” will promote healing in back muscles, especially if you suffer from chronic pain there. Lie facedown and stretch your arms out to the sides. Slowly move your right foot towards your left arm and the do the same on the opposite side. Do this in a very gentle and calm manner, as this stretch is meant is loosen the muscles lightly.
By stretching regularly, chiropractic patients can not only boost their regular adjustments but also help their bodies stay healthy. This is important not just for chronic pain sufferers, but also for preventative and maintenance care. Ask your chiropractor for specific stretches that will help maximize your treatment plan. This will ensure you are getting exactly you need both in office and at home.