The Benefits of Stretching
If you have ever been to an exercise class or a doctor like a chiropractor or a physical therapist, there’s a good chance you’ve been told that stretching is an important part of your daily activities. Stretching isn’t just for before you work out, or as a cool down when you’re done. It can benefit you in all areas of your life, whether you’re at home, at the gym, or at work!
How can consistent stretching help you?
The two thing that most people notice when they start stretching regularly is improved posture and fewer aches and pains. Your muscles will be looser and less resistant to your daily activities, and you might feel a general sense of overall wellness. These feelings can be particularly strong if you stretch in the morning before beginning the day. Stretching increases blood flow to the whole body, and oxygenates the muscles.
If you’re stuck at a desk all day, getting up and moving your stiff muscles is even more important. Sitting slows down the metabolism and can stiffen joints from disuse. What’s important to keep in mind, however, is that static stretching won’t totally fix the problem. Active stretching, where you continue to move and not hold single stretches for a long period of time, can benefit your body more.
Finally, you can’t forget the last piece of the puzzle! Stretching on its own cannot fix all problems. Sometimes, you need the support of chiropractic care to really make long-lasting changes. Loosening tight muscles can temporarily fix a problem, but if your body is conditioned to remain out of alignment, stretching won’t recondition those muscles. Chiropractic adjustments retrain muscles and the spine to be aligned in an optimal way for the body’s functions.