Stretching Can Improve Mobility Issues & Correct Muscle Compression
Dr. Aaron Miller may prescribe stretching and strengthening exercises on top of any joint adjustments or other treatments you may need. These exercises can play a vital role in helping you regain control of your body, improve your range of motion, and enjoy a more pain-free lifestyle. Here's a look at some of the remarkable ways stretching and strengthening exercises can boost your quality of life, along with some specific examples of exercises Dr. Miller might recommend.
The Value of Stretching and Strengthening Your Body
Exercise, in general, has shown some important benefits for individuals struggling with injuries, chronic pain, and other musculoskeletal problems. For instance, aerobic exercise enhances blood circulation and fluid drainage, which can help control swelling and feed more healing oxygen to the tissues.
Stretching and strengthening exercises promise some special benefits of their own. Stretches can release pent-up muscle tension and limber up the tissues to ease muscle spasms, making the everyday motion more comfortable, and reduce your injury risk. Strengthening also reduces injury risk by granting extra stability to the key muscle groups that maintain your posture, symmetry, and balance.
Stretching Exercises to Keep Your Tissues Flexible
Dr. Miller will evaluate your current range of motion and medical status before prescribing stretching exercises. Common stretches that help to manage pain and improve flexibility include:
Forward, backward, and side neck tilts to loosen neck muscles
Downward neck release exercises to free up the back of the neck
Shoulder rolls to relax the tissues connecting your shoulders to your neck
Cobra stretches, cat-cow stretches, spinal bridges, and seated spinal twists to improve mid-back flexibility
Stretches that target the pelvic girdle, knees, wrists, tailbone, or lower back
Strengthening Exercises to Support Your Musculoskeletal Sysoft
Strengthening exercises typically target the muscle groups responsible for maintaining musculoskeletal alignment. Dr. Miller may recommend a routine that includes:
Chin tucks, strengthen the muscles that support your head
The prone cobra is an exercise that targets the shoulders, neck, and upper back
A standing exercise called the back burner that works both the back and the chest
Curl-ups, side bridges, and other exercises to build the core muscles that support your lower back