Did you know that many chronic pain conditions and neurological disorders can result from a lack of mobility? This can be prevented early on by increasing movement and stretching of the body, but it’s vital to do so prior to periods of exertion in a healthy way.
It’s crucial to identify points of tension as they begin to cause problems before they worsen and lead to even more issues developing.
Chronic stress, anxiety, and pain in areas like the neck, shoulders, knees, or ankle joints can be relieved and gradually reduced by engaging with movement specialists and stretches that target these areas. The key to decreasing tension-related stress is consistency, proper alignment, and correct muscle engagement.
So before you embark on a course of tension-relieving stretches, it’s essential to understand whether or not they will be beneficial to your individual issue.
Stretching also stimulates nervous system receptors which help to decrease the production of stress hormones like cortisol, known as the ‘fight or flight’ hormone. This means that the more you stretch, the more relaxed you become, and the more likely you are to experience a feeling of ease and relief.
Take some simple ball and socket joint rotations (arm and shoulders, wrists, ankles) to start testing your mobility to determine how to implement a strategy to help you heal.
Can’t wait to hear how it goes!
“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.”