As a Midtown New York chiropractor, I see a number of patients who struggle with mobility issues. This isn’t surprising since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 35.2 million adult Americans have some sort of "physical functioning difficulty."
What can you do if you would like to work on your mobility and improve your range of motion? Here are three moves that can help:
#1: Wall Stretch (Improves Shoulder Mobility)
For this move, simply stand with your back flat against the wall, arms extended out to your side at shoulder height (palms facing away from the wall). Slowly, bend your elbows and bring your hands up until your forearms are parallel to your body, your elbows at a 90 degree angle. Then, continue raising your hands as high as you comfortably can, keeping your arms against the wall.
#2: Leg Swings (Enhances Hip Mobility)
Stand up straight, holding on a chair or wall for added support. Slowly and in a controlled manner, swing your right leg forward and then back, generating the movement from your hip area. Do this a few times and then switch to the other leg.
#3: Foam Roller (Increases Mobility in Many Different Affected Areas)
Foam rollers are great at increasing mobility in affected areas all over your body. By rolling back and forth on them, your fascia and tight muscles are released, providing you with greater mobility.
To discover what exercises would work best for you personally or to learn how to properly use a foam roller to enhance your mobility, make an appointment with our Midtown New York chiropractic office today. We’ll do our best to get you moving around more easily!
Disability and functioning (adults). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/disability.htm