Stretching Vs. Chiropractic: Is One Better Than The Other?


Chiropractic Austin TX Stretching VS Chiropractic Is One Better Than The Other

Chiropractic care and stretching practices are topics of interest among fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and those seeking methods to alleviate pain and improve their overall physical health. Chiropractic care from the Chiropractic Arts Center of Austin, P.C. in Austin TX recommends both for all of these benefits:

  • Increase flexibility and circulation
  • Prevent injury
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve joint function
  • Reduce pain
  • Improved physical health

Chiropractic care focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Many chiropractors use various techniques, such as spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and stretching, to achieve these goals. The great thing about stretching is that you can do it in just about any situation when you have time. And you do not need any fancy weights or machines to get moving.


Chiropractic care focuses on the musculoskeletal system's manipulation, stretching aims to improve the flexibility of muscles and the range of motion of joints.

Dr. Gerard often uses stretching as a part of treatment plans to reduce pain and stiffness in the affected areas. She teaches patients stretching exercises that help maintain the progress achieved through chiropractic treatments. Patients can perform these exercises at home as part of their fitness routines.

Also, incorporating chiropractic care into a stretching routine can help improve the effectiveness of stretching exercises. Chiropractors can identify areas of the body that are particularly tight or restricted and use chiropractic manipulation techniques to loosen up these areas. This can help optimize the results of stretching exercises and help patients achieve better flexibility and range of motion.

Stretching moves the body into positions that lengthen and elongate muscles. Stretching can improve flexibility, increase range of motion, reduce muscle stiffness, and improve circulation. Usually performed before and after you exercise to prepare your body for physical activity and to prevent injury. Get the most from your stretching by breathing deeply and trying to maintain a calm state of mind. By allowing your body to feel the stretching exercises, you can focus on meeting the required range of motion to maximize your flexibility. This is harder than it sounds, but its importance can’t be understated and the best results are seen in maintaining a steady routine.


In order to get a little sneak peek at the therapeutic benefits of stretching, try these two stretches chiropractors in Austin typically recommended. Be sure to consult your chiropractor before starting any exercise regimen.

Pelvic Lift

  • Lie on the floor facing up in a sit-up position
  • Keep your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart
  • Extend your arms towards your hips with palms flat on the floor
  • Gradually lift your pelvic region off the floor
  • Tighten the gluteus maximus muscles for maximum stretching
  • Lifting from your hips and push firmly with your feet
  • Maintain the position breathing in and out
  • Slowly roll your spine back to the original position on the floor
  • Repeat 8 times

Hip Flexor Stretch

  • Kneel on one knee and put your opposite foot flat on the floor in front
  • Make sure your front leg is at a 90 degree bend, knee over ankle
  • Keep your spine straight, chest facing forward, and keep your hands on your hips
  • Begin to push your pelvic region forward with weight on your front foot
  • Push forward as much as possible without experiencing pain
  • Keep the pose for half a minute
  • Switch knees and start over.

Since you use your bodyweight, the risk of injury is minimized. Stretching is important in order to keep your muscle tissue primed and ready to tackle the day.

At our chiropractic clinic, we want to help you learn the stretching techniques that will work in conjunction with your prescribed treatment plan. By stretching, you ensure your body has the best chance of recovering.

In order to best experience stretching that complements your chiropractic care, contact Chiropractic Arts Center of Austin, P.C. in Austin TX.

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