Are your joints and muscles causing painful discomfort that limit your ability to do the things you love? Do you find yourself waking up in the morning feeling no better, or even worse, than when you went to bed the night before? Is your mobility limited, leaving you with a chronic issue like stiffness or soreness? ? If so, adding focused stretching to your daily routine may be of great benefit to you and increase your range of motion.
It is important to understand what kind of stretching you need to increase your range of motion.
As part of our complimentary recommendations, our doctors often recommend implementing a series of structurally rehabilitating stretches. It is important to note, these stretches are begun only after the area of concern is stabilized and ready for stretching. Even more important to realize is these rehabilitating stretches are limited in their effectiveness for decreasing stiffness if not coupled with structural-fortifying adjustments to correct shifts in the spine.
But we have good news for you, too! New research is changing the long-held perception of stretching routines. There is new evidence showing that stretches can begin to positively affect range of motion in only 30 seconds! The old thinking of multiple sets of the same stretches is out the door. A study found that a sustained stretch of 30 seconds, once per day, was sufficient to increase your range of motion in a short amount of time.
This is great news for those who loath to stretch throughout the day or simply forget.
Your stiff and sore joints could be helped by incorporating a few minutes per day into your morning routine. Some stretches we recommend can even be done while brushing your teeth or taking a shower.
So if you are wanting to improve your flexibility and decreasing stiffness, ask our staff for handouts. Also, we are unveiling a complete series of stretches and exercises on video to benefit our patients! Ask us how to view these structurally rehabilitating stretches during your next visit.