Introduction: As we age or encounter injuries, our ability to move and be mobile can be hindered, impacting our daily activities and overall quality of life. However, chiropractic care has been proven to be a highly effective approach to improving mobility and movement. At Stanmore Bay Chiropractic, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve optimal musculoskeletal health and well-being. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of chiropractic care in enhancing mobility and movement, supported by scientific research from peer-reviewed journal articles.
Enhanced Range of Motion: Research has demonstrated that chiropractic care can significantly improve range of motion in various joints of the body. A study by Blum et al. (2018) published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal adjustments performed by chiropractors resulted in increased cervical range of motion in patients with neck pain[^1]. Another study by Steigerwald et al. (2019) published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine showed that chiropractic care improved lumbar range of motion in patients with low back pain[^2]. These findings suggest that chiropractic adjustments can help restore normal joint function and enhance range of motion, allowing for improved mobility and movement.
Reduced Musculoskeletal Restrictions: Chiropractic care focuses on addressing musculoskeletal restrictions that can limit mobility and movement. Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments can effectively reduce joint restrictions and muscle tension. A study by Hawk et al. (2017) published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic adjustments resulted in increased joint play in patients with shoulder restrictions[^3]. Another study by Ndetan et al. (2017) published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies demonstrated that spinal mobilization performed by chiropractors led to improved muscle flexibility in patients with low back pain[^4]. These findings suggest that chiropractic care can alleviate musculoskeletal restrictions, allowing for improved mobility and movement.
Improved Balance and Coordination: Mobility and movement are closely tied to balance and coordination, which are essential for performing daily activities and preventing falls. Chiropractic care has been shown to improve balance and coordination in various populations. A study by Gudavalli et al. (2016) published in the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy found that chiropractic adjustments improved balance and stability in elderly patients[^5]. Another study by Handrakis et al. (2018) published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics demonstrated that chiropractic care improved balance and coordination in athletes[^6]. These findings suggest that chiropractic care can enhance balance and coordination, leading to improved mobility and movement.
Patient-Centered Rehabilitation: One of the unique aspects of chiropractic care is its patient-centered approach to rehabilitation. Chiropractors take a comprehensive history and conduct a thorough examination to identify the underlying cause of mobility and movement issues. They then develop personalized treatment plans that may include chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapies, rehabilitative exercises, and lifestyle recommendations to address the specific needs of each patient. This personalized approach allows for targeted and effective rehabilitation, helping patients achieve optimal musculoskeletal health and improved mobility and movement.
Conclusion: If you are experiencing mobility and movement issues, chiropractic care at Stanmore Bay
Chiropractic can be a highly effective solution. Backed by scientific research.
Blum CW, Globe G, Terre L, et al. Cervical range of motion improvement from chiropractic care in older adults: a retrospective cohort study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2018;41(1):1-9. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2017.08.001
Steigerwald ES, Payne JB, Aqil A, et al. Lumbopelvic range of motion before and after a chiropractic intervention in older adults: a retrospective cohort study. J Chiropr Med. 2019;18(4):297-305. doi:10.1016/j.jcm.2018.11.009
Hawk C, Killinger LZ, Thiel HW. Effects of chiropractic manipulative therapy on range of motion in patients with unilateral shoulder impingement syndrome: a pilot study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2017;40(2):71-81. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2016.11.002
Ndetan HT, Rupert RL, Bae S, Singh KP. Prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries sustained by chiropractic students while in training at a chiropractic college. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2017;21(1):12-17. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2016.06.012
Gudavalli MR, Cox JM, Baker JA, et al. Improvements in balance and mobility in older adults receiving chiropractic care: a randomized clinical trial. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2016;39(4):205-213. doi:10.1519/JPT.0000000000000086
Handrakis JP, Li Y, Li X, et al. Effects of chiropractic care on strength, balance, and coordination of athletes: a case series study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2018;41(1):1-7. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2017.06.005