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Adapting to Low Back Issues? Here's How to Assess Yourself

We frequently get asked, “How do I know when it is time to visit a chiropractor if I am not hurting?”  Today we are going to discuss some movements that we are doing subconsciously (without realizing) to compensate for the lack of ability to do an activity.

If you find that one or some of these things applies to you, you are a candidate for chiropractic care.

  • Reaching down to touch your toes from a standing position.  Your knees need to be straight, no matter how long your legs are or how short your arms are.  You should be able to touch the floor.
  • Try standing up and tipping just your upper body side to side.  You should be able to keep your heels on the ground and your legs straight.
  • Sit down and try crossing your legs.  Can you cross each of them the same way?  You should be able to cross both of your legs comfortably to the same extent.
  • Lay down on your back.  Keep both legs straight; raise one leg as high as you can.  Put it back down and raise the other one, again without bending either knee.  You should be able to go to the same height with both legs.

The inability to touch your toes or keep your leg straight while doing stretches may not seem like a big deal, but flexibility and range of motion are important as we age.  Having appropriate range of motion decreases the progression of arthritis.

If you have questions or would like to improve your lumbar range of motion, call our office or click this link to schedule a FREE, no cost, no obligation consultation!”

Dr. Tozer highlights additional information on this topic in this informative video.

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