The most common problem that I see with my patients at my chiropractic office in Burke, VA is a lack of mobility. The normal range of motion that we should have in our spine, our shoulders, hips or ankles is often limited. This is often caused by joint or muscle tissue restriction or tightness. Besides seeing your chiropractor in Burke, VA there are several tools available to increase your mobility.
Here my Top 5 Mobility Tools: (Click on the link to read more about the mobility tool and to purchase it from a retailer.)
A foam roller is great mobility tool because it is easy to use and can be used on several parts of the body. The best uses for a foam roller are for tightness in your hips, hamstrings, quadriceps, lower back, middle back region. Typically the a foam roller will either come in white, blue or black colors. You are going to want to get a black roller because it is harder and will last longer.
A lacrosse ball is great at getting into the those tight spots in the shoulder, shoulder blade and upper back region. It can also be used on your hips and hamstrings.
Exercise bands have so many uses. They are great for working on shoulder range of motion and hip mobility. They can also be used to assist your pulls up or add more resistance to barbell. Check out Superflex bands for shoulder mobility.
4. Therapy Stick: A self massage roller stick is great for runners and works very well at loosening up tight calf muscles which is one of the major causes of loss of ankle mobility. It can also be used on the quadriceps and hamstrings. There are many versions of these massage sticks and each one has it’s place. Some come with smooth spindles and some have nubby spindles just depending on what you are trying to do.
5. Gray Cook Band: Probably the most versatile band on the market. It can be used to assist or resist exercises. It has two handles and middle strap which can be hooked on a door jam or foot. There are hundreds of exercise variations that you use the band for. The band is great because it can help improve your mobility throughout the entire body. To learn how to use the Gray Cook Band look it up on Google or look at the exercises at www.MyTPI.com.
Now that you have these great mobility tools how do you use them. Look up videos on YouTube or ask your chiropractor to show you how to use these mobility tools. I always try to get my patients to work on their mobility at home as much as possible. These mobility tools will improve your outcomes, decrease pain and improve your function. There is just one catch, you actually have to use them in order get results. I always tell my patients a minimum of 5 minutes a daily and no more than 15 minutes maximum.
If you have any questions or have a problem that is not resolving and would like Dr. Todd P. Sullivan to take a look at it give our office a call at (703) 912-7822 or visit us at Chiropractor in Burke, VA.