Yoga, like chiropractic, is good for your body and mind. Even better, when yoga is done as a supplement to chiropractic care, patients are likely to experience greater results, especially those recovering from an injury.
When practiced correctly, yoga can help reduce stress, increase flexibility, endurance, and balance, and strengthen your joints and muscles. Chiropractic care improves nervous system function, corrects body misalignments and promotes better joint mobility, to name just a few benefits.
Like chiropractic care, yoga increases range of motion and mobility. If you are suffering from a major injury, your chiropractor may have to spend more time adjusting your body. However, yoga can increase your body’s flexibility and range of motion, making manipulation easier and more impactful. Yoga, like chiropractic care, is especially beneficial for those suffering from neck, back, hip or joint pain, but can help with all areas of the body. It goes without saying, the more work you do outside of our office, the more we are likely able to do during your treatment.
It’s worth noting that yoga, like chiropractic care, also helps prevent future injury also. Both yoga and chiropractic help align or keep the body aligned, promote balance, stretch and relieve tense muscles (we also offer massage), and ensure proper joint function. All of these things help prevent future injury.
If yoga isn’t your thing then simple stretches can help, even while you’re stuck at your desk. And don’t forget to take breaks.
Here are a few to get you started.
Shrug your shoulders to release the neck and shoulders; inhale deeply and shrug your shoulders lifting them high up to your ears, hold, release and drop. Repeat.
Stretch your back with a bear hug; hug your body, placing the right hand on your left shoulder and your left hand on your right shoulder. Breathe in and out and repeat.
If you don’t have time for a short walk during your break you can stretch your legs while sitting at your desk. Grab the seat of your chair to brace yourself and extend your legs straight out in front of you so they are parallel to the floor. Flex and point your toes five times, release and repeat.
Feel free to ask me any questions you have about the benefit of combining chiropractic with yoga and/or stretching techniques to include in your treatment plan.