Your body is built to move and the benefits of movement for your body are immeasurable.
Every spinal disc and every individual joint was designed to help you sit, stand, run, and do everything in between.
That's a big part of why we provide functional movement tests in Webster - to help ensure every part of your body is moving the way it was designed to so you can feel and function your best for as long as possible.
Really, think about it...
Your discs are soft enough to allow you to flex and bend in every direction.
Your facet joints slide and glide in concert with one another so you can turn, twist, and extend.
Your vertebrae are connected by ligaments that support you as your push and pull.
Maintaining all those moving parts is important.
Your body is an incredibly strong, complex, and resilient system that both powers and is itself powered by movement and the benefits of movement.
In other words, motion is life and movement is medicine.
Why it Matters:
Recent research has given us a glimpse at just how important movement is in our life.
For instance, it’s been observed that one of the benefits of movement of the spine is that it can stimulate and accelerate the body’s healing process, yet another reason that scheduling a functional movement test in Webster is so important if you're not moving as well as you once did.
In fact, movement is so crucial to the body’s healing process that even people who have spine surgery are encouraged to get up and move as quickly as possible after surgery!
Here’s how it all breaks down:
All of the bones, muscles, ligaments, and joints of your spine are designed to support daily movement.
Blood flow, strength, and flexibility are all enhanced through movement.
Movement of the individual segments of your spine can also affect how you heal.
It’s been said, "you don't get old then stiff, you get stiff then old."
Take it from us, that’s the truth!
Functional Movement Tests, Chiropractic Care, and the Benefits of Movement
As you may have guessed, as chiropractors we believe in the innate ability of the body to heal itself and the very real benefits of movement, so we’ve been trained to work with just about every joint in your body in addition to those in the spine.
Adjustments are just one of the non-invasive tools we use to help get them back to moving at their best - limb by limb, joint by joint.
One of the top benefits of spinal adjustments is that they can help dramatically reduce your daily aches and pains - and that’s especially important since pain is the #1 obstacle that keeps many people from enjoying their favorite activities.
Another way adjustments can help improve your quality of life involves resetting any faulty movement patterns so that your body is working together and moving well as a whole, and that's why we perform functional movement tests in our Webster clinic.
Remember, move better, feel better!
In fact, in several studies, researchers observed that people receiving spinal adjustments reported a higher quality of life in general than those who weren’t - less pain, less down days.
To take that a step further, sport-specific performance improvements are yet another one of the fantastic benefits of movement powered by spinal adjustments.
Achieving optimal flexibility, biomechanics, range of motion, and movement are all reasons why many leading athletes get adjusted consistently as part of their training.
Whatever you do, chiropractic care can help you feel your best so you can do what you need to do and do what you love to do reliably for years to come.
We believe that encouraging healthy movement and regular physical activity is a big part of our job as your wellness team.
So, if you have any questions about getting a functional movement test in Webster or other stretches, exercises, and different ways to proactively stay healthy, don’t hesitate to ask!
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We want to help you leverage the benefits of movement - whether you’re young or young at heart - so you can keep your spine and body feeling, moving, and functioning at their best for as long as possible.
We also encourage you to stay proactive with your health by making sure you have your next appointment scheduled.
And if it’s your first time visiting our practice, know that from questions to functional movement tests in Webster to treatment, we’ll be here to help you every step of the way.
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