Have you thought about your mobility? When chiropractors and other health professionals talk about mobility, it’s usually in relation to your range of motion. So, can you comfortably turn your head, rotate your hands, shoulders, feet, bend your knees and elbows, etc. ?
If not, did you know you may be able to improve mobility with chiropractic care?
There are a lot of reasons for mobility issues. Injury, gout, and joints breaking down are some common causes.
Hippocrates, “the father of medicine” is credited with saying, “look well to the spine for the cause of disease?” And you may have heard the expression, “the spine is your lifeline.” It’s because keeping your spine flexible and healthy is essential to your well-being.
Spinal flexibility impacts every part of your body. Whether you can bend and touch your toes, easily stand from a chair, or even look over your shoulder. It’s all related.
And if you have restrictions, then the rest of your body overcompensates. For example, if your hips are tight, your knees may overcompensate. Or, if your shoulders are tight, then you may find your back is over-arching. Ultimately, these can lead to back and shoulder pain.
To keep your spine healthy and improve your mobility, it’s worth seeing a chiropractor.
4 Ways to Improve Mobility with Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors have over 150 techniques to reduce pain and improve mobility. Including techniques that have nothing to do with cracking your spine. For example:
1- Electrotherapy – Are you familiar with the at-home TENS machine that you can attach to yourself? If so, you know they send out small electric pulses to stimulate your nerves and muscles. At McQuaite Chiropractic, we use a professional version to provide pain relief and improve your mobility.
2- Cold/Heat Therapy – Heat encourages blood flow. Improved blood flow brings nutrients to the painful area so it can heal. Ice restricts the blood flow. Both can be helpful for your joints. For example, if you’re having mobility problems due to arthritis, then heat can reduce stiffness so you can move easier. Ice reduces inflammation.
3-Spinal Decompression – You may have seen people get strapped on tables and turned upside down. While it can look like a medieval torture device, it’s actually very helpful for taking the pressure off your spine. Additionally, there are other ways to do spinal decompression besides inversion therapy. For example, you can lie down, fully clothed on our special decompression table and the sensors will administer electromagnetic pulses throughout your body.
4- Ultrasound – More than imaging technology, an ultrasound also produces sound waves that have a massaging effect. This can reduce swelling and stiffness.
Massage therapy is also good for mobility because it relaxes the muscles.
Of course, everyone’s body is different. When it comes to improving your mobility, your age, health, and condition play important roles. When you see a medical professional, we’ll assess your overall health and medical history before recommending a treatment plan. After all, if your mobility problems are related to a pinched nerve, then that’s a different treatment than arthritis-related mobility problems.
If you’re in Doylestown, Pa. and are having mobility issues, come in and see if we can improve mobility through chiropractic care and get you feeling your best again! We take most insurances.