Chiropractors Can Help Improve Range of Motion

It’s easy to take your flexibility and overall agility for granted. That is until you find that you can no longer bend over or move like you used to. As people age, they get less and less flexible. Even people who work out (and stretch) regularly find that some movements become more difficult. Thankfully, there’s a solution to these range of motions issues – your local chiropractor.

Range Of Motion Issues and Causes

Many range of motion problems stem from a direct cause. In some cases, it’s simple aging. The aging process can make your muscles and ligaments a bit stiffer, making injuries more likely. You’ll also lose some of your flexibility. Degenerative conditions can appear seemingly out of nowhere, causing a number of movement problems. Other times, these issues present themselves after an injury. It makes sense that you’d lose your range of motion after hurting your back or spraining an ankle. Once the injury heals, you’ll still have some stiffness that can cause problems. Finally, poor exercise habits can lead to a range of motion issue. Without a standard exercise regimen of stretching, walking, or bicycling (or whatever your favorite exercises consist of), your muscles and joints won’t be used to movement. This can lead to a number of flexibility problems, including the inability to handle daily activities.

Problems Performing Daily Habits

There are certain habits that you do every day. These include brushing your teeth, grooming your hair, and even getting dressed in the morning. When you have range of motion issues, even tying your shoes can be difficult. The problems can stem from issues with your neck, lumbar spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and even hips. When you can’t move your joints freely, you find yourself unable to tackle even the smallest of these daily tasks. You might have some pain as well, meaning that when you bend over to go to move your shoulder, you’ll begin to hurt. This can lead to reliance on over the counter painkillers just to get through the day. In most cases, issues with the spine lead to many of their daily mobility problems.

The Role of Your Spine

Most people don’t realize that many of their range of motion issues stem from problems with their spines. They feel pain their shoulder and think “oh, my shoulder hurts. I must have injured it.” However, the spine is responsible. Issues with the spine can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, headaches, and many other joint-related problems. All that it takes is for part of your spine to get out of alignment, and you’ll be left with pain and flexibility problems. Thankfully, there’s a solution.

See Your Local Chiropractor

Your local chiropractor can solve many of your flexibility issues and greatly reduce your pain levels, all without resorting to medications. After conducting a thorough examination, your chiropractor will realign your spine, giving you back the flexibility that you seek. You’ll be able to perform your daily activities once again.

Chiropractic Care and Migraine Relief

Migraine headaches are debilitating. They can lead to symptoms of a pounding headache, dizziness, nausea, and the inability to think clearly. Some migraine sufferers find it hard to put words on a page, make a decision, or do much other than linger in a dark room until the pain goes away. In other words, a migraine can really ruin your day. Although relief can sometimes be found in certain medications or lifestyle changes, one of the best things that you can do is see a chiropractor. Yes, many chiropractors are able to do what even the strongest pain medication cannot – stop your migraine in its tracks.

What Exactly Is A Migraine?

You may have been suffering from migraines for years without realizing what they really are. You probably just refer them as “bad headaches” or even think that you have a tension headache instead. The main difference is that a tension headache encompasses the whole head. You’ll feel as though your head is in a vice. A migraine only affects one side at a time. You might have pain on the left side of your head one day, and then a repeat of that same intense pounding on the right side the next day. These are migraine headaches. Once you know that you’ve had one, you won’t mistake it for anything else ever again.

Migraine headaches tend to last anywhere from several hours to several days. More females get them than males. It’s possible for a migraine to come on at night and wake you up. The main symptoms include the aforementioned pain on one side of the head, nausea, vomiting, horrendous pain, visual sensitivity, auditory sensitivity, and the inability to think clearly. Many people who have migraines end up sitting or lying in a quiet, dark room, in order to get away from painful stimuli.

Are You A Migraine Sufferer?

There’s a big difference between someone who had a migraine one time and someone who suffers from them regularly. If you’ve had a migraine, just as described above, at least on five separate occasions, no matter how far apart, then you’re a migraine sufferer. You have to have at least two of the symptoms described above during each instance. Although taking medication can stop or at least lessen your migraine symptoms, there’s a better solution: your local chiropractor.

How a Chiropractor Can Help

Your local chiropractor can treat your migraines. The first step involves an examination and some x-rays. This will help your chiropractor determine whether or not there are any misalignments in your neck and spine that are causing the headaches. If he or she sees any, a spinal adjustment will be made to relieve that pressure or get rid of the stress. On top of this, a spinal adjustment can improve blood flow in that area, making your pain less intense. There might be some additional follow-up advice included in your treatment as well, such as nutritional advice or lifestyle suggestions, in order to keep the pain from coming back.

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