I just want to take a quick moment to describe the difference between flexibility and mobility. Flexibility is the ability of a muscle to lengthen passively without engagement. For example, when you perform static stretches like using your body weight and bending forward, you’re working on muscular flexibility.
Mobility on the other hand is related to the joints and their ability to move actively through their full range of motion. That’s a little bit more of what a chiropractor is concerned about. Chiropractors make sure the joints can move completely through their range of motion. When joints subluxate, which means that stress, tension, poor posture, accidents, or falls puts enough stress on these joints that they actually misalign, then they can’t move fully through their range of motion, and you have a restriction of movement. Most importantly when the joints misalign (subluxate) they can irritate the spinal nerves as they exit the spine and cause pain and dysfunction. When a joint is restricted, it actually degenerates, because it only stays healthy by moving through its range of motion.
These things are extremely important. Having good flexibility is important, but even more important from a chiropractic standpoint is having good mobility and making sure that the joints can move completely through their range of motion. But in order to have good mobility, you do need to have good flexibility. So, you also need to have good muscular strength and stability to actively manipulate the joints.Here are my top 3 benefits of good flexibility and mobility:
We encourage people to keep their flexibility, keep their mobility, keep exercising and get checked by a chiropractor. There are so many facets to health. There’s no one single thing, no one magic bullet. It’s not just about being flexible or being mobile, it’s about having everything together and creating that whole package, which will keep you healthy and performing at your best.
Chiropractic is a huge part of that. By gently adjusting the joints, making sure that they’re lined up so they can complete their mobility jobs and make sure that they don’t degenerate, we’ll keep the spine healthy and make sure your nerve system is functioning at its highest level for the rest of your life.
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