A Chiropractor's Daily Stretching Routine

Published March 29th, 2022 by Dr. Markson

As a way to start off your day right, chiropractors recommend a daily stretching routine in the morning. Warming your body up in the morning is essential to preventing injuries. By stretching in the morning, your muscles are used to moving and your joint movement is supported, which helps you move well throughout the remainder of your day. When you neglect morning stretches, you'll feel tight all over, resulting in pain and even injury. Although stretching is helpful at any time, tackling any problematic areas early can help you throughout the rest of your day. Here are some stretches for beginners to promote pain relief throughout the day.

Stretches for Beginners

1. Chest Stretch

This morning stretch is essential for those stuck at their desks all day. Regularly sitting all day can cause stress on your neck and upper back.

You can create a stretch in your chest by raising both arms so that they form a T shape at shoulder level,  push against a wall with your hands and arms and lean forward through a door frame. Hold this stretch for 10-15 seconds and repeat as necessary.

2. Hip Flexor Stretch

This feel-good stretch focuses on your hip flexors. The exercise helps in loosening up muscles that become tight after sitting all day.

Grab the ankle behind your thigh while bending one knee and holding onto a chair for balance. Stretch the front of your hip by pushing your hip forward slightly on that side. Hold this stretch for 5-10 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.

3. Calf Stretch

Foot pain can be relieved by restoring calf flexibility, especially if you're on your feet for long periods of time during the day. If you regularly wear shoes without much support, this is also a great option.

Put your heel on the floor and the ball of your foot against the wall. Lean forward to feel the stretch in the calf on that side. Hold for 5-10 seconds and repeat on the opposite leg.

Paired Chiropractic With A Daily Stretching Routine

Stretching can improve your overall health and wellbeing in many ways. By combining chiropractic adjustments with pain relief stretches, patients report experiencing faster healing, reduced pain, increased energy, and a quick recovery. You can ask your local South Florida chiropractor during your next adjustment for tips on what stretches would suit your specific needs. Click here to request an appointment at Markson Chiropractic!

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