By Nathan Reynolds: Chiropractor Victoria Point Chiropractic
It is common knowledge that we need to stretch our muscles to increase muscle health and feel ‘looser’. However, Joint mobility is often overlooked as an important player in decreasing pain and increasing musculoskeletal health.
Mobility is key for joint health. When a joint does move in its full and correct plane and range of motion it creates pressure in the joint and surrounding tissues that promotes cartilage and ligament health and increases joint and muscle flexibility. A joint that does not, or rarely moves in its full range of motion is susceptible to degenerative change and the surrounding muscles and ligaments can become tight and deconditioned.
Mobility training of your spinal and peripheral joints is an easy and effective way of decreasing back, neck and joint pain and remaining functional as we age. Mobility training can be remarkably simple and there are mobility exercises for all ages.
Are you doing spinal and joint mobility exercises as part of your weekly health routine? If not, ask your chiropractor for mobility exercises suited to you and get started ASAP.
JUST START WALKING AUSTRALIA
(Initiative of Australian Chiropractors Association)
Walking is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Brisk walking is great for improving your cardiovascular health, correcting your posture, relieving stress to the spine, as well as reducing the risk of a wide range of common health complaints. Making a commitment to walking 30 minutes a day is a way to ensure you are experiencing the benefits or regular exercise and can be used as a gateway to more challenging exercises.
Need a kick start to help you on your walking journey? Download the Just Start Walking app from the App Store and Google Play. This app maps and tracks your walk as well as saves your walks to track your progress.
Need advice and assistance on incorporating regular exercise into your routine? Talk to you chiropractor.
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