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As a chiropractor in Edmonton, I have helped many patients improve their flexibility with chiropractic care. Perhaps you’re an athlete looking to enhance your performance. Or maybe you have tight muscles and stiff joints due to a sedentary lifestyle. Whatever your situation may be, chiropractic care can be a powerful tool in helping you achieve greater range of motion and better overall health. In this blog post, I will discuss how chiropractic care can help improve your flexibility and the benefits that come with increased flexibility.
Understanding Flexibility and Its Benefits
First, let’s define what we mean by flexibility. Simply put, flexibility is the ability of a joint to move through its full range of motion. When you have good flexibility, you can move your spine and limbs freely and easily, without pain or discomfort. As well, flexibility is important for maintaining good posture, preventing injuries, and performing physical activities.
Improve your flexibility with chiropractic care
The most common technique chiropractors use are chiropractic adjustments. A chiropractic adjustment is a specific force applied in a specific direction to a misaligned spinal bone or an extremity bone. Chiropractic adjustments help restore proper alignment and movement in the spine and other joints, allowing for better flexibility. As well, the adjustments improve the function of the nervous system which is vital for good muscle strength and coordination. This, in turn, will help you attain better flexibility and range of motion in your spine and limbs. (1, 2, 3)
Additionally, chiropractors can use soft tissue therapies to improve your flexibility. For example, soft tissue techniques like active release technique (ART), myofascial release, and Graston technique, help to break up scar tissue and adhesions within muscles. As a result, this can give you better flexibility thereby reducing pain and stiffness. (4, 5, 6)
Improve your flexibility with chiropractic care and exercises
In addition to chiropractic care, there are many exercises and techniques that can further enhance your flexibility. Here are some options to help release tension and improve range of motion in the muscles and joints:
- simple stretching is one of the most effective ways to improve flexibility (7)
- yoga (8)
- foam rolling (9)
- doing ANY physical activity or regular movement can help improve your flexibility
Lifestyle changes to support flexibility and overall health
Finally, there are a few lifestyle changes you can make to support your flexibility and overall health.
One of the most important is maintaining good posture throughout the day, whether you’re sitting or standing at a desk. Try to vary both positions at the workplace as this will help reduce strain on your muscles and joints. Read more about standing desks.
Employing more movement at work will also help improve your flexibility. Try these suggestions:
- taking a walk outside during your lunch hour
- taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- having stand-up meetings or meeting while you go for a walk
- parking further way from work so you walk further
- getting out of your chair and doing some posture exercises and stretches
Additionally, proper nutrition is essential for healthy muscles and joints. Eating healthy will provide you with nutrients and fluids needed for optimal function.
Flexibility is an important aspect of overall health and wellness, and chiropractic care can play a significant role in improving your flexibility. By combining chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and exercises, chiropractic care can help you achieve greater range of motion, improved posture, and reduced risk of injury. As well, with a few simple lifestyle changes, you can support your flexibility and maintain optimal health for years to come. If you’re ready to improve your flexibility and enjoy the many benefits it offers, contact a chiropractor today for a thorough consult and exam.