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  • Dr. Eric Carlsen

Don’t Forget to Stretchhhh!


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As a chiropractic doctor, I can't emphasize enough the importance of stretching before engaging in any physical activity. Whether you're planning to hit the trails for a hike, hop on your bike for a ride, or simply do some yard work, stretching is a must. And with winter finally coming to an end (can I get an amen?), many of us have been hibernating for too long, which makes stretching even more crucial.


Let's face it; our bodies have been on snooze mode, and they need a little wake-up call before we start putting them through the wringer. Even if you're just planning to take a leisurely walk around the block, your muscles and joints will thank you if you take a few minutes to stretch beforehand.


Now, I know what some of you are thinking. "But Doc, I don't have time to stretch. I need to get moving!" Well, my friends, let me tell you something. Taking a few minutes to stretch now could save you hours of pain and discomfort later on. Trust me; I've seen it all. From pulled muscles to slipped discs, I've seen firsthand how neglecting stretching can lead to some serious problems.


But let's not dwell on the negative. Instead, let's focus on the positive benefits of stretching. First and foremost, stretching increases flexibility, which can help reduce the risk of injury. When your muscles are limber and loose, they're less likely to strain or tear when you put them to the test. Additionally, stretching improves blood flow to your muscles, which can help them work more efficiently and effectively.

And let's not forget about the mental benefits of stretching. Taking a few minutes to stretch before your activity can help you relax and clear your mind. It's like hitting the reset button before you start your day.


So, the next time you're getting ready to engage in any physical activity, take a few minutes to stretch first. Your body will thank you, and you'll be setting yourself up for a more enjoyable and pain-free experience. And if you need a little extra motivation, just think about how good it will feel to conquer that trail, crush that bike ride, or tame that wild yard work with ease.


Until next time, keep stretching, keep moving, and keep smiling. After all, laughter is the best medicine (well, that and a good adjustment).

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