When It's A Stretch to Move, See Your Chiropractor
By Sandy Schroeder
Sometimes, when we are not looking, life hands us a painful dilemma. When joints become stiff and sore, the first reaction may be to move less.
But that can be a serious mistake which can trigger a loss of range of motion. The muscles around the joints can tighten, making it even harder to move. This can set up new problems. Walking may become harder and balance may weaken. Weight gain may deliver the final blow.
Seeing Your Chiropractor
Don’t let sore joints create this vicious cycle that can reduce your mobility. Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your area, and start working on the problem.
When you come in, your chiropractor will ask about your level of pain, your normal activities, and your medical history. Then a spinal adjustment will be used to assess joint health and seek pain relief.
The adjustment is accomplished through the gentle application of a targeted movement to improve motion of the body’s spinal column and extremities. It may relieve your pain and provide other benefits, such as more mental clarity, better sleep, improved energy, digestion or metabolism.
You and your chiropractor can assess the results of your adjustment and put together a plan of rehabilitation. You may want to use weekly 15-minute adjustments to keep the momentum going. As you work through your issues, stretching may be a way to increase your physical activity and maintain your normal routines.
Check with your doctor for exercise approval and then consider stretching with tips like these from Harvard Health.
Always Warm Up – Before you stretch, use a hot shower, warm pool, or heating pad to relax the joints and avoid injury.
Get Some Props – A foam block, pillow or rolled towel can ease your stretch, helping to improve your range of motion.
Pick the Best Time – If you are stiff in the morning, try afternoons or evenings coupled with heat.
Monitor Pain – Never stretch to the point of pain. Go slowly and build up stretching time.
Staying physically active has been established as the way to keep the body and the brain up to speed and simultaneously reduce the risk for serious disease.
Stop by The Joint Chiropractic to find out more. An affordable care program eliminates the need for insurance, and weekend and evening hours make visits easy. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.