So the New Year resolutions of a better diet, less alcohol and more exercise have faded?! I’m here to tell you that it is not too late to start making positive changes today and how to achieve an active and healthy lifestyle for 2012. Firstly you need to start to take some responsibility for your health and fitness. Visiting a chiropractor is one of the positive steps you can take to improving your health and wellbeing and live life day to day with less pain.
So how can a chiropractor help?
I’m going to concentrate on is getting you looser, more mobile and increasing spinal stability. This will help in several ways but ultimately it will reduce pain levels by helping to restore normal joint movement and the biomechanics of the spine and pelvis.
How are we going to achieve this?
I’m going to post a series of stretches and spinal stability exercises with links to You Tube videos that I have made. So you get a video of me working with a patient to demonstrate the exercises and explanations of what each specific exercise achieves.
So first we deal with “stiff joints and tight musclesâ€
If you are stiff then the exercises I’m going to post will help you to loosen up. A lot of pain can be generated by tightness and adhesions in the myofascial structures. Myofascia is connective tissue that surrounds muscles (and organs) : think of it like fascia is the plastic bag with your shopping in it (mucles). It keeps everything in place! Big improvements can be made just by moving joints through their full range of motion. We are not designed to be idle and sit still all day.
There will also be articles coming on how increasing spinal stability (even if you think you are fit, healthy and can do 100 sit ups!) will help movement patterns and can lead to improved sporting performance.
Do I still need to book an appointment with you or can I just watch the videos?
The videos and upcoming blogs are designed to complement my chiropractic care, not replace it. I would advise anyone suffering any back or neck pain to call me and discuss it further on 07828 686026. I have clinics across Yorkshire in Leeds City Centre and North Leeds. Of course you have to be careful about starting exercises if you are in pain and so always see a qualified health professional such as a chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist for a full examination before starting any new exercise routine.
To see the video that accompanies this post either click on "Introduction" on the right or copy and paste the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tedgbpr0DU&context=C4e368d0ADvjVQa1PpcFP5VV4gaZAsR8IWWyRLois7R3B_l4BuJQA=