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Use Chiropractic and Stretches to Erase Stiffness

By Sandy Schroeder

If you feel stiff and creaky when you get up in the morning, you might want to see your chiropractor and try stretching before you get out of bed. Warming up the body and jump-starting circulation can ease stiffness and generate energy.

How Chiropractic Helps

The Joint Chiropractor near you provides licensed chiropractors who are well equipped to help. They help people of all ages find answers for pain and health and wellness.

When you talk with your chiropractor you will learn how improved spinal health can contribute to your overall health. The spine keeps us mobile and the central nervous system inside provides crucial brain-to-body communication. When the spine is healthy, you may be too.

Gentle targeted spinal adjustments may relieve your aches and pain and create an overall wellness as your spine is aligned. You may sleep better, feel more alert, or enjoy more energy. Results are unique to each individual.

Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments can keep you at your peak and provide the incentive to try special bed stretches such as these.

Start Your Day With a Stretch In Bed

Begin by setting aside blankets and flexing your body before you begin stretching. Lift your knees and raise your feet into the air and roll your ankles back and forth. Now sit up and roll your shoulders, curl your arms and flex your wrists. Now you are ready to stretch to lubricate your joints and increase your range of motion.

I started doing these some time ago when I was having stiffness and soreness in my back. Gradually it became an easy habit.  Over time I used a whole group of stretches. Here are some examples from Harvard Health.

Pull your knee up - Lie flat on your back. Bend the left knee and grip the left thigh and pull the knee to the chest. Flex your right foot and press the thigh and calf of that leg down to feel a stretch in our hip and thigh. Return and repeat with the right knee.

Do a horizontal hamstring stretch - Lie on your back with the left leg stretched out flat. Bend the right knee and place strap around the right foot, holding the strap with both hands. Lift your foot to the ceiling as you straighten your leg. Lower and repeat with the right leg.

If the stretches in bed work for you, consider sprinkling stretches through your day. Use a few stretches on breaks, and after lunch and before a gym workout. Later in the evening, use stretches to relax the body at the end of the day.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sugar Land, Tex.

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