Stretching and Flexibility
Let’s get up and moving this April! Stretching is a great way to increase flexibility and increase muscle elasticity. We stretch all the time whether we are conscious of it or not. The first thing we do when we wake up is stretch. Innately we want to get the body warmed up to start the first activities of the day.
Every opportunity we should stretch to positively engage the muscles. All too often we are sitting each day in front of a computer. Our society has created a cubicle contained workforce that is bound by a mouse. Not only do we not move as much, we also are in a flexed position that tends to stress our lower spines. Over time muscles at connect the legs to the trunk shorten and lead to unwanted health issues like back pain. 90% of the population experience low back pain in the lives. Often it can be managed with stretching and chiropractic.
One of the first steps to increasing flexibility through stretching is: Create a base line for your flexibility. Sit on the floor and place your feet against the wall. Hold a ruler and see how far you measure from the wall or feet when reaching for your feet. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Slide you hand down the side of your leg until you feel a comfortable stretch and then note where you hand is on your leg. Do this for both sides. In the mirror stretch your neck to the left and right and note the distance from side to side. Interlock your fingers behind your back and move your hands upward stretching the chest. Note the distance in a mirror.
Now that you have a baseline. Let’s start stretching. Pop into the office and pick up your customized packet of stretches today!
To Your Health,
~ Dr. Kathleen Sherwood