Don’t allow your (lack of) flexibility to become your liability

Diet and physical activity are often the two most popular and talked about topics when it comes to maintaining good health, leaving flexibility and mobility to fall along the wayside. Being flexible and having a full range of joint mobility are critical factors that have big implications on quality of life, including reducing everyday pain and improving vascular health.

What are the benefits of good muscular flexibility?

Greater flexibility lessens chances of everyday injury: Many people experience neck strains from simply turning over in bed, picking up a heavy item, or walking up a set of stairs. Motion helps to move synovial fluid around joint capsules, providing lubrication and preventing stiffness.

Ensuring adequate flexibility improves posture: Flexible and strong back and spine muscles help to support the spine and reduce lower back/neck injuries.

Flexibility supports functional movement: Meaning a greater range of motion throughout joints gives you the ability to perform movements you need in your everyday life; this becomes increasingly important as we age.

Did you know your body has about 200 bones and over 600 muscles! These parts work together to help you move throughout each day. Movement is key to maintaining optimal health for many reasons. Understand more about movement and functional mobility HERE

The take home message: Move often! Staying flexible, strong, and active improves your chances for good health.

If you are feeling weak in the knees or stiff in the neck, book in to have a consultation with one of our osteopaths, Dr Everitt, who specialises in movement coaching. Movement coaching helps to restore the body to its natural ability to move in complex ways.

Call Elevate on 9252 2225

 

REFERENCES

Haley, J. (2018). PennState: Center for Fitness and Wellness. The importance of flexibility and mobility. Retrieved from http://http://sites.psu.edu/kinescfw/health-education/exercise-articles/the-importance-of-flexibility-and-mobility/.

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