• Elias Limberopoulos

Rolfing® Helps Range of Motion

A body in motion is a beautiful thing, but through poor lifestyle choices, injuries, and general aging our range of motion can diminish to the point that we can barely bend over to pick something up off the floor. Everyone seems to take their flexibility and ease of movement for granted when they are younger. However, as time goes by those simple movements become more challenging and you are more prone to tightness and injury. Rolfers help clients with range of motion issues on a daily basis, and they can help you too. If you've found yourself saying,

Range of Motion for Daily Activities

Activities like brushing your teeth or hair, tying your shoes, or backing the car into the driveway all require joints in your body to move. Whether it is your shoulders, elbows, wrists, cervical and lumbar spine, knees, or neck; joints have to move freely in order to complete basic daily activities. Most of the time, you’ll never even notice these joints working. But if you have an injury or degenerative condition in even one of these joints, you’ll often feel the pain everyday and simple tasks will become a challenge.

The Spine and Range of Motion

Your spine is one the primary areas of concern when someone chooses to see a Rolfer and when your spinal range of motion is reduced, it affects many areas of your life. Issues with your spine are responsible for conditions such as debilitating hip, back and neck pain to name a few. As your spinal range of motion continues to decrease, it's likely you’ll be able to do less and less and experience greater discomfort. Having your spine in alignment is crucial for free and easy range of motion. There are so many ways that your vertebrae can become misaligned that visiting a Rolfer can not only have this balanced but other areas of the body which are just as if not more important such as your feet. If the body is going to rest on the feet, they better be balanced because if there isn't enough support coming from the lower body, there's no amount of manual therapy that can offer sustained relief in your spine. You'll find yourself constantly chasing symptoms which unfortunately is the most prevalent type of care in our fast-paced, quick-fix culture.

Rolfing to the Rescue

Rolfing sessions can work wonders when it comes to increasing range of motion in your spine and other areas of the body. Even if you’ve been out of commission for years, a few sessions with a Rolfer can help restore mobility in your joints, induce a feeling of spaciousness throughout the body, and generally help you feel taller, lighter and fluid in your movement. Rolfing for range of motion issues includes a methodical approach to unwinding the strain and restriction in your body which includes soft-tissue manipulation and movement education. For more comprehensive lasting relief, several sessions or the Rolfing Ten Series is recommended. After a session, you might also be given some home self-care instructions to keep you feelign great. Once your range of motion is restored and you’re feeling good, you should be able to get back to normal activities without any pain or restriction.

If you've found yourself saying," I just can't move the way I used to" or "I haven't been able to move the same since (fill in the blank), Rolfing is for you. Just know that your body can change at any age. I'm here to help answer your questions. Please feel free to contact me today and schedule a session at one of my several locations in the Chicagoland area.

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