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Therapeutic Stretching

How often do you stretch your body? Do you only do it when your neck or back is causing you problems or do you do it regularly to keep muscles, ligaments, and areas of the body limber and fully functional? Most people do not stretch as often as they should and simple therapeutic stretching can help alleviate tension and other musculoskeletal complaints while also preventing problems in the first place. If you’re not sure where to start, a chiropractor can help.

But can’t I just stretch at home?

While you brush and floss your teeth every day, you still need to turn to a dentist regularly for professional cleanings, right? The same rules apply to therapeutic stretching. While you can certainly perform stretching exercises on your own, sometimes patients can also benefit from visiting their chiropractor for stretch therapy.

After all, certain areas may be hard for you to properly reach through the stretches you do at home. When you turn to a chiropractor, you can tell them the areas that are causing you problems and they can quickly find stretches that can help alleviate these problem areas. They can also be there to assist and help you hold certain positions, making these stretches far more effective.

How does therapeutic stretching work?

In many ways, stretching therapy can be compared to massage. When you come into the office for your evaluation, a chiropractor will take note of the problems you are experiencing to map out a tailored treatment plan that will target and treat your unique challenges. Then you will lie down on a table where your chiropractor will move you into certain positions and help you hold these positions to stretch areas of the body to release tension and pain while also improving range of motion and flexibility.

How can therapeutic stretching benefit me?

There are many benefits to turning to a chiropractor for stretching therapy. Some of the benefits of regular stretch therapy include:

  • Preventing or reducing your risk for musculoskeletal injuries
  • Correcting poor posture to improve spinal health
  • Improving flexibility and mobility
  • Retraining the muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the body
  • Improving fitness and physical performance
  • Reducing pain, tension, swelling, and inflammation
  • Improving circulation and blood flow

If you are dealing with aches, pains, limited mobility, or range of motion, a chiropractor can provide you with therapeutic, whole-body solutions to ease symptoms and improve how the body functions as a whole without relying on painkillers or invasive treatments.

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