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Keep Moving, Stay Limber, and Feel Younger: Tips to Improve Your Range of Motion

Aging may bring changes to our body and physical abilities and a limited range of motion is one of them. Range of motion refers to the degree of movement that joints have in any particular direction, and it can naturally decline as we age.

It happens so gradually that we don’t notice until one day when we try to move in a way, we used to be able to and find it challenging if not impossible.

A limited range of motion, however, doesn’t have to happen. The old adage “If you don’t use it you lose it.” is true. There are ways to maintain and even improve it. In this blog, we will provide tips to help you keep moving, stay limber and feel younger, regardless of your age.

Stretching

Stretching is a simple yet effective way of maintaining and improving range of motion. Make stretching a part of your daily routine. Stretching can be done in many ways such as yoga, Pilates, or simple exercises that target specific muscles. Just 10-15 minutes of stretching every day can help reduce muscle stiffness, increase flexibility, and improve your balance.

Regular exercise

Engaging in regular physical activity can help keep your joints mobile and healthy. Regular exercise doesn’t have to be high-impact or intense, even a simple walk in the park can help. However, consult your doctor before engaging in any exercise if you have any medical conditions. Exercise not only improves your range of motion but also reduces the risk of developing chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases.

Maintain a healthy weight

Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for maintaining and improving range of motion. Extra weight puts a lot of pressure on your joints, particularly your hips, knees, and ankles, which can cause pain, discomfort, and limited mobility. Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the pressure on your joints, thereby improving your range of motion and overall mobility.

Hot and cold therapy

Hot and cold therapy can help reduce the stiffness and soreness of muscles and joints, thereby improving your range of motion. Ice therapy is useful for reducing inflammation, while heat therapy is useful for improving blood circulation and reducing joint stiffness. Apply cold packs for 10-15 minutes two to three times a day, while heat therapy can be done by using heating pads.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is an effective way of treating and improving the range of motion. Physical therapists use various techniques such as massage, stretching, and exercise to improve your range of motion. They can also provide you with individualized exercise programs to meet your specific needs and conditions. Physical therapy can help reduce pain, improve joint mobility, and improve overall quality of life.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Visiting your chiropractor regularly keeps your body in proper alignment and your nervous system firing on all cylinders. It can help keep you feeling your best and keep your immune system strong.

Maintaining and improving range of motion is essential for maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.

As we age, the natural decline in the range of motion can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, which can lead to reduced mobility, chronic diseases, and, ultimately, a decreased quality of life. Fortunately, there are simple and effective ways of maintaining and improving range of motion such as stretching, regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, hot and cold therapy, and physical therapy. By practicing these tips, you can stay limber, keep moving, and feel younger at all ages.

If you are in the Fort Myers, Florida area we cordially invite you to visit the office of The West Coast Integrative Wellness Center formerly known as Kaster Chiropractic and Associates. We have been serving patients in the Southwest Florida area for over 20 years!

Treating Patients in the Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Surrounding Areas Since 2003
With Musculoskeletal Conditions & Other Conditions Requiring Chiropractic Care