Whether you’re a professional athlete, a weekend worrier, or a couch potato, movement will always be a crucial aspect of your health. Chattanooga is a very active town in comparison to the rest of the south. Many sports leagues for both kids and adults. Trail running, hiking, rafting, marathons, iron man, cross-fit are just some of the groups in town. Regardless of your sport, understanding some basics about movement can be a major boost to your performance. A Chiropractor should be part of your team when it comes to your health as we can offer a tremendous level of support.
This month we’re looking at how movement is absolutely necessary to our health as human beings. How movement and resistance exercise can support healthy aging and quality of life. Using exercise to manage stress and maintain a positive mental outlook. And, how using a Chiropractor can help take your athletic performance to the next level in your favorite sport.
Being healthy doesn’t mean that you need to spend 20 hours each week in the gym. Even little things like standing at work can make a big improvement in your overall health. On the other hand, a sedentary lifestyle is a significant factor in many chronic diseases, as well as spinal aches and pains.
Why it Matters:
Do you drive to work and then spend your day on the computer? You may not realize that you have been spending 8, 10, or even more long hours each day sitting down. That much sitting can have a negative impact on your back, legs, neck, and even your mind.
The compression that occurs in your mid-back while seated can lead to problems in your low back and has also been linked to shoulder issues. Researchers have found the people who sit the majority of the time are more prone to a variety of chronic health diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and depression.
Incorporating more movement into your day can help keep your body and mind healthier.
A few small changes in your activity level can make a huge difference, so keep your health goals in mind and start taking small daily steps in the right direction. If you feel “tight” or have pain between your shoulder blades, let us know. You may have restricted motion in your thoracic spine, and we would be happy to help you improve your mobility and so you can move your way towards better health.
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The Short-Term Effects of Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation on Patients With Shoulder Impingement Syndrome. Manual Therapies. 2009.
Staying healthy as you age isn’t just about adding more years to your life. It’s also about adding more life to your years! Participating in daily physical activity and exercise can help ensure that you maintain a high quality of life as you get older, as well as help you reduce aches and improve your mental attitude.
Why it Matters:
Time marches on but getting older doesn’t mean that you’ll have to live an inactive life. Weakness and poor balance are the result of inactivity, not age. There are plenty of activities that you can take part in to avoid slowing down as you age.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our favorites:
Pain is not a byproduct of aging. If you are not as active as you would like to be, let us know. Our team is dedicated to helping you find ways to enjoy doing the things you love with the people you love for years to come.
If you are stressed out or looking for a little rest and relaxation, exercise may be just what you need. Aerobic exercise is good for your mind and body. It has the unique ability to counter depression, decrease stress, and provide a combination of exhilaration and calm.
Why It Matters:
Exercising lowers the levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins in the brain. Think of these as natural pain killers with the power to elevate your mood. Neurochemical changes like these are why exercise has been shown to alleviate some symptoms of anxiety and depression.
What about stress? Symptoms such as tense muscles, headaches, and even back pain, can be rooted in chronic mental stress. Pain is distressing and can place your body into a stress response, where the mind and body enter a vicious cycle of tension and anxiety. Exercising can help reduce this stress response and relax both your mind and body.
Finally, exercising during the day helps regulate your sleep schedule and allows you to spend more time in a deep, restful sleep. Moderate exercise increases the slow wave sleep you get at night, which is the deep sleep that gives your brain and body a chance to rejuvenate and recover for the next day.
Exercising daily can help reduce the stress on your mind and body. It’s never too late to start exercising, and even small changes can make significant differences in your overall health. With a better mood, more restful sleep, and the ability to live a longer life, exercising daily is a crucial part of living a healthy lifestyle.
Exercising for Better Sleep. Johns Hopkins Medicine. 2020.
There’s a secret behind the success of many professional athletes. A hidden factor that they wouldn’t tell anyone else, and one that never left the elite circle of athletes – until now. Almost all the world’s top athletes rely on Chiropractic care to stay at the top of their game. Through a unique combination of recovery, injury prevention, and performance, Chiropractors can help athletes of all fitness levels perform their best.
Why it Matters:
No matter how naturally powerful or talented you may be as an athlete, receiving Chiropractic care can have some pretty serious benefits. Most professional athletes receive Chiropractic care throughout their careers to help them make sure they continue to stay at their best.
Chiropractors can help athletes recover between workouts and improve their movement patterns & biomechanics, decreasing the risk of injury. Since athletes put their bodies through a lot of stress, their skeletal system takes a beating. Having a Chiropractor on their side helps them to make sure their body is solid, strong, and fit to keep on performing.
Whether you’re a professional athlete or weekend warrior, one thing is for sure: Chiropractic care can help you perform at a high level and recover. Just because you’re an athlete doesn’t mean that you have a limited shelf life. Your body is built to perform. You just need to take care of it! Let us help you today.
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