Stretch It Out – Flexibility and Optimal Health
Flexibility is a hot topic, as anyone who’s ever tried to contort themselves into downward dog, child’s pose, or “happy baby” can attest. In the United States alone, 8.7% of the adult population attended yoga classes last year, an increase of 30% in the past four years. Seeking increased overall fitness, athletic endurance, or inner peace, these afternoon and weekend warriors are joining a rapidly expanding population of Americans dedicated to optimal health. With the population of baby boomers growing an unprecedented 73% by 2020, the demand for both increased quality of life and longevity of years increases by the day.
For many, curling one’s toes over the eyes is a distant memory of childhood or infancy. (Babies, in fact, possess extraordinarily flexibility – with about 270 bones at birth, only 206 of these remain to form the adult skeleton!) Yet, the profound positive implications of greater flexibility span both time and culture. The Okinawan population of Japan, for example, encompasses a global “blue zone”, supporting a higher percentage of healthy and active elders (ages 80+) than anywhere else in the world. One of the central tenets to blue zone inhabitants is an active lifestyle that promotes flexibility and complete range of movement – critical components to overall health!
Flexibility and optimal health – After a traumatic car accident, however, flexibility and range of motion may be among the most immediate abilities compromised. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most common injuries sustained in a car accident include whiplash, torn ligaments (such as the ACL), and back injury, all of which restrict and restrain flexibility and range of motion. At this time, the prompt and efficient aid of healthcare professionals trained in injury rehabilitation is crucial. According to the Mayo Clinic, the restoration of optimal flexibility and range of motion may contribute to:
- Increase in blood flow
- Improved performance in athletic activity
- Increased endurance
- Prevention of activity induced injury and muscle strain
What are your most joyous childhood memories? No doubt, for many of us they include times when we were free, easy, entirely uninhibited – when was the last time you touched your toes, jumped on a trampoline, or ran down a sandy shore with wild abandon? Our specialists recognize that your top priority is returning to the life that made you “you!” Aided by our industry recognized chiropractors and orthopedists and more, let us help you reach for the stars – at PROS Miami, we know that flexibility equals freedom!