Flexibility and the ability to have a full range of motion are things that we usually take for granted. When you’re young, healthy, and mobile, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about flexibility. Only when those things we take for granted diminish and you realize you’re not as flexible that you’re used to be that you may start paying attention to your range of movement and trying to optimize it. There are many factors that impact your flexibility, from weight problems to joint issues. Your range of movement may be affected whether your job requires constant strenuous exercise or hours of being sedentary. Along with a healthy diet and lifestyle, chiropractic care can help address the problem and improve your range of motion.
How To Improve Your Flexibility
So why should you improve your flexibility? If you haven’t noticed already, having a limited range of movement and poor flexibility directly affects your endurance, strength, and ability to complete everyday tasks. In other words, it can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Think about not being able to bend all the way to pick up a dropped pencil or not being able to throw a ball around with your kids. Some ways you can improve your flexibility include:
- Resting your joints and muscles properly- aka getting enough sleep!
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Losing weight if you are overweight or obese, since excess weight can put additional stress on your joints
- Visiting a chiropractor
- Staying active
- Doing yoga and mobility exercises
Chiropractic Care Can Help
Chiropractic care can improve your flexibility in a totally natural way without any medications or surgeries. It’s a holistic approach to improve your overall health through realigning your body. One Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics study of 105 patients found that chiropractic adjustments successfully increased the range of motion in almost all of the participants. Compared to the patients who got placebo or no adjustments, the patients who received actual adjustments significantly improved their range of motion.
How a Chiropractor Can Improve Your Flexibility
Chiropractic care uses careful spinal adjustments and manipulation of different parts of the body to relieve pain, improve flexibility, and restore range of motion. The joints, bones, and muscles are realigned properly to promote optimal bodily function. The adjustments may be manually performed or through various techniques like ultrasound, electrical stimulation, etc. Your chiropractor may also give you some exercises you can do at home to work on your range of motion.
If you think you require chiropractic care to improve your range of movement, here are some exercises you can perform on your own to test your range of motion.
- Flexion: Move your head forward and try to touch your chin to your chest
- Extension: Tilt your head completely back to look at the ceiling
- Lateral bending: Bend the head to bring right or left ear to the corresponding shoulder
- Rotation: Turn your head to the left and right, keeping the chin in line with shoulders
If you are unable to perform these exercises or have to stop due to discomfort (don’t force it!), you may want to work with a chiropractor.
Contact Us Today
Chiropractic care can help restore your range of motion and improve your flexibility for a better quality of life. Call Coastal Chiropractic to schedule an appointment today!