Benefits of Stretching

Why Your McMurray Chiropractor Advocates Stretching

Stretching is something that we have all been told to do, but not everyone understands why. It turns out that stretching has numerous benefits, including injury prevention, flexibility, improved balance and reduced pain from stiffness or arthritis. Anderson Chiropractic, your McMurray chiropractor, advocates stretching as a non-invasive way to improve your life.


Aside from the well-known benefits of stretching, there are some interesting ones that not everybody knows about:

  • Stretching may reduce the risk of falling in older adults.
  • Stretching may reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics, even before the accompanying exercise.
  • Stretching wakes you up by increasing blood flow throughout the body.
  • Stretching can reduce physical and mental stress.
  • Stretching can make harder workouts possible by increasing your flexibility and enabling moves like deeper squats.

Who Can Benefit from Stretching?

Pretty much everyone can benefit from stretching. Athletes may use it to assist with injury prevention during a hard workout, and seniors may stretch to improve their balance and reduce pain from arthritis. Not everyone should do the same stretches, but everyone can benefit from taking a regular stretch break.

There are two basic types of stretching—static and dynamic. Static stretching is the classic 'stretch and holds' maneuver, while dynamic stretching includes moves like shoulder shrugs, knee lifts, and arm circles. The type of stretching that will benefit you most depends on what condition you are trying to treat or prevent, so talk to your McMurray chiropractor about what kind of stretching might benefit you.

No matter what types of stretches you do, they should never be forced. Pushing yourself too hard could cause an injury, which is the opposite of what you are trying to achieve by stretching. Patience and regular stretching sessions will help you improve the most.

How Can the LifeSpan Fitness SP1000 Stretching Machine Help?

Proper form is very important when it comes to stretching. The LifeSpan Fitness SP1000 Stretching Machine guides you into the proper position and helps you perform the stretch in the right way. Stretching properly is much more effective and much less likely to cause you injury. The LifeSpan Fitness SP1000 Stretching Machine may also benefit people who have trouble getting into the right position for a stretch, by supporting and properly positioning them.

Professional athletes use the LifeSpan Fitness SP1000 Stretching Machine to achieve greater flexibility for their sport. The machine uses gravity to help people achieve gentle, effective stretches that increase flexibility and reduce discomfort from many conditions. All major muscle groups can be stretched on it.

If you are interested in the benefits of a LifeSpan Fitness SP1000 Stretching Machine, or any type of chiropractic care, please call today to speak to our McMurray chiropractor. We can explore your options for pain relief or simply improving your life through chiropractic methods, including the LifeSpan Fitness SP1000 Stretching Machine. Many people have reported to us that it has changed their life. Call us at Anderson Chiropractic to set up an appointment today: 724-941-5805.


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