Dr. Kent Carlomagno of Summit Chiropractic Health and Longevity Center wants you to reflect for a second. How often do you stretch? If you only stretch before or after a workout we are sorry to say that this is not enough. Most of us need to stretch in order to protect mobility and maintain flexibility. In fact, stretching daily, or a few times a week as its own activity –instead of associating it with just exercise – can decrease the risk of day-to-day injury.
The idea of stretching on a daily basis may seem overwhelming. After all, there are so many muscles that need to be stretched. Dr. Carlomagno suggests focusing on one key area at a time. The areas that are critical for mobility are your lower extremities – calves, hamstrings, and hip flexors. Additionally, it is beneficial to stretch your neck and shoulders. Without stretching, the muscles become weak and put a person at risk for injury. To make stretching a habit, Dr. Carlomagno suggests reserving at least 10-15 minutes a day for it. Stretching will not only benefit your physical health but your mental health as well.
If you have questions or concerns about the importance of stretching, please give us a call. To learn more about the conditions we treat and the services we provide at Summit Chiropractic Health and Longevity Center, visit www.summitchiro.net for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kent Carlomagno in San Rafael, CA, call 415-721-7520.