Chiropractors have been using various kinds of therapeutic stretches to relieve pain and prevent recurrence of pain and discomfort. Stretching is very important to prevent straining and tearing the muscles and ligaments. Overstretching may cause injury to the muscle fibers and may result to many body pains. Chiropractic care does not use any form of medicine and surgery in treating different physical and physiological disorders.

There are various types of therapeutic stretches that chiropractors make use of. These may include knee-chest stretch, neck resistance, leg raise stretch, and prone stretch. Knee-chest stretch is performed by lying down on your back and putting your one knee over your chest while wrapping your hands around the front of your leg and pulls it gently. A neck resistance stretch is done by simply putting your hand on your forehead and gently pushes your head against your hand. This exercise is used to enhance the muscles of your neck. Leg raise stretch is performed by lying down on your back while bending one leg and the other leg in straight position. Lift your straight leg up around 45 to 90 degrees. Prone stretch is carried out through assuming a prone position with your hands bended on each side. Turn your head to one side and slowly raise the opposite leg up.

It is advisable that you do some stretching before doing any activity or exercise. It improves blood circulation. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients needed by the body and plays an essential role in healing process. It also enhances muscle and bone strength and power. It also prevents tearing and damaging muscle fibers, ligaments, bones, and tendons.

Therapeutic stretches also prevents scar formation. When the muscles and ligaments are injured and left untreated, they form scar. Scar reduces range of motion and mobility because it stiffens the muscles and ligaments. Therefore, it is of great importance that stretching must be done before you do any exercise or even simple activities of daily living.

Chiropractors teach their patient proper stretching techniques, especially sports athletes. Athletes are prone to injure themselves during training and during the game. A part of their training program is regular exercise and stretching. It is necessary for athletes to do some stretching before the game starts. This is to prevent muscle stiffness and spasm.

Chiropractors provide a passive form of stretching. The patient with the help of a chiropractor performs active stretching. Chiropractors also teach their patients active type of stretching. This is where the patient does the stretching without the assistance of another person. It can be done at home, while passive stretching is done at the clinic of the chiropractor.

Therapeutic stretches is used to alleviate pain and discomfort, restore the physical well-being, improve range of motion and mobility, and maintain physical fitness of an individual.

Chiropractic aims to provide a person with pain-free body and mind without the use of medications or invasive procedures and by allowing the body to heal on its own. Chiropractors believe that a person becomes creative and productive if he is free from physical and physiological pain and discomforts. For more visit

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