Is your lifestyle contributing to good circulation?
Movement makes your blood flow. When you just get up from your chair, go for a walk, or stretch; when you work out aerobically, lift weights, or go for endurance; your body responds by increasing blood circulation. As your blood flows through your body, it brings nutrients and oxygen to cells in need and it takes away cell waste and lymphatic material that is constantly accumulating. This idea that movement catalyzes blood circulation is a simple but critical formula that we seem to be losing sight of as we move forward with our sedentary lifestyles.
Why we care about circulation
Being sedentary hurts us in myriad ways, but one of the most important is how it stagnates our circulation. We sit through a commute, sit all day at work and finally sit for 2-4 hours at home on the computer paying bills, reading news and newsfeeds. This amount of sitting prevents your body from circulating nutrient-rich blood the way it needs to. Here is an off-the-top-of-the-head brainstorm of ways that poor circulation hurts us:
- Contributes to headaches
- Low oxygenation of the brain contributes to anxiety and memory problems
- Swelling in the extremities
- Lack of energy
- Reduced range of motion
- Back pain
As you can see, poor circulation affects us mentally and physically. At our office in Alameda, we consider it our duty to inform people of the importance of circulation and help them find ways they can change their lifestyles to account for good circulation at all points of the day. By doing so, you will feel better no matter your activity.
How we help you maintain and improve circulation
Chiropractic is a treatment method that uses hands-on modalities to increase circulation, promoting healthy cell growth and repair and improving organ function. We also work on mitigating pain and improving range of motion so that you can pursue physical activities that maintain healthy blood circulation throughout the day. If you are interested in finding out more about how better circulation can improve your life, give our office in Alameda a call to schedule an appointment today.