Flexibility and ease of movement are second nature to most of us, until something happens to impact them. When we are young and healthy, our range of motion is often taken for granted. As time goes on, many of us begin to lose range of motion and everyday movements become more difficult, leaving us prone to tension and injury.

Why Range of Motion Matters

While we generally have a sense of our own range of motion, it can actually be measured by assessing the movement near a specific joint or body part. This is typically a good proxy for flexibility as well, and the measures will take into account any pain associated with the movement.

Most often, range of motion will be measured as it relates to athletic activity, but it impacts all daily activities. Things as simple as brushing your teeth, driving your car, and eating a meal all require your joints to be moving properly. We often don’t think about these processes as we complete them, but when one breaks down, it becomes apparent how important these movements are. Severe limitations can lead to trouble walking and performing basic tasks.


Why Might You Lose Range of Motion?

For some, range of motion simply declines as we age or become sedentary. There are also a host of medical conditions that can lead to degenerating range of motion. In these cases, it can be important to seek care from a chiropractor to work to prevent further loss.

In other cases, an injury will lead to limited range of motion, which often becomes a cycle. An injury may lead you to perform a certain movement less and therefore lose some of that range. Once your range of motion has been limited, it leaves you more prone to further injuries from pushing your body beyond its new limit.

Issues in limited range of motion can likely be traced back to your spine. Because the spine affects other areas of the body, limited range of motion in the spine can impact all other movements.

Increasing Range of Motion with Chiropractic Care

One of the best ways to address range of motion is by visiting a chiropractor who is trained in adjusting the spine to prevent and heal these issues. Spinal adjustments performed by chiropractors are shown to have a positive effect on range of motion. When you see a chiropractor for a spinal adjustment, they will be able to identify any misalignments that may be impacting motion, improve blood flow, and reduce inflammation that are critical to improving movement.




If you are experiencing limited range of motion, please call Augustine Chiropractic Wesley Chapel at 813-994-6008.


Dr. Brian Augustine of Augustine Chiropractic in Wesley Chapel, FL, has over 31 years of experience treating patients for their neck pain and other ailments through personalized chiropractic care treatments. The locally owned and operated chiropractic clinic offers both in-office treatments and at-home therapy regimens to help people recover and heal from auto injuries and other conditions. The staff is dedicated to providing alternative and therapeutic solutions for better overall health. Give them a call today at (813) 994-6008 to schedule an appointment or visit their website to learn more about their services!