Are you as Mobile as you Think?
This winter, we are asking patients to get more mobile! It’s common that during the colder winter months that we tend to move less. So, we’re challenging all of our present and past practice attendees to check in on their mobility.
No matter what age, staying mobile is an essential aspect of good health and helps ensure you can enjoy life to the fullest. Poor mobility has been linked not only to back and musculoskeletal pain, but many other health problems, such as obesity, degenerative conditions, cardiovascular disease and even some types of cancer.
A recent survey by the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) found that one in ten Australians claim their pain hindered their ability to play with their children; one in ten indicated impacts on intimate relationships; and one in 20 realised their persistent pain resulted in increased friction with their partner.
With statistics like these, it is important you are staying on top of your mobility and monitor any changes in your strength, balance and flexibility. Why not try out these four simple exercises to discover how ‘mobile’ you are:
- Sitting down, keep your shoulders still and against the chair.
- Turn your head all the way to the left as if you were looking over your shoulder. How far around did you get?
- Repeat on the right. Was it even? Was it comfortable?
Trunk Side Bend
- Stand with your feet comfortably apart.
- Run a hand down the side of your leg so you side bend without leaning backwards or forwards.
- Repeat on the other side. Was it even and was it comfortable to do?
Sit to Stand
• Sit in the middle of your chair. Cross your arms over your chest.
• Keeping your back straight and arms across your chest…
• Stand straight up and then sit back down. Did you do this easily or was it hard?
Single Leg Stance
- In a safe environment free of trip hazards, stand upright with feet together and place hands on hips.
- Lift one foot off the ground. Do not allow your legs to touch. Time how long you can stand without moving.
- Repeat on opposite side. Are you able to stand on each leg for at least 40 seconds? (If under 60 years)
An instructional video that you can “follow along” with these exercises can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waERlEKurz4
How was your flexibility, strength and balance? If you find that you are struggling with one of the exercises, not to worry.
We at Discover Chiropractic are here to help. Feel free to give us a call on (02) 6686 0266 or use the booking link on our website to arrange an appointment and have your mobility reviewed.
For more information visit mobilitymonth.org.au
Disclaimer: ACA accepts no responsibility for loss or injury for undertaking these exercises. ACA strongly recommends that you check with your local ACA member chiropractor or other healthcare provider before undertaking these exercises to make sure the exercises are appropriate for your specific needs. If you are experiencing recurring, sharp or shooting pain at any time, STOP and report to your chiropractor or other healthcare provider.