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International Stretching Month

From the desk of Dr. Erik S. Vose…


Why is it that people give me such strange looks when I stretch in public?

Apparently it is not socially acceptable to put your leg up on a chair and stretch out a hamstring while having a conversation with someone. It also seems as if doing a split while giving a presentation is not OK. When I am in line at the grocery store and I stick my side out and reach my hand over my head to stretch out my lower back my poor wife gets so embarrassed. Why is that?

I tend to think that I am being a good influence to others by reminding them that they should do some stretching, and usually…the more the better. I have repeatedly found that people who have a regular stretching routine have a greater chance of staying injury free. I have also found that people who ARE injured recover much faster if they faithfully do the stretches that I suggest. Think about it this way: the human brain can send an impulse to make a muscle contract, but there is no impulse that will make a muscle relax… you have to stretch it!

Because of this, I have designated May as International Stretching Month. I am encouraging everyone to stretch as often as possible, not just in the morning and night, but periodically throughout the day. When you are at work and talking to the guy next to you about the baseball game, feel free to grab your foot, pull back on your leg and stretch out those quads. When you are waiting for the train, don’t be bashful about doing those neck stretches that feel so good. Why not? As long as you are being safe and aren’t wearing inappropriate clothing I see nothing wrong with a little spontaneous stretching. And remember if you DO see someone stretching in public, don’t give them strange looks, congratulate them on a job well done… and maybe even join in.

Just imagine a world where we all took the time to treat our bodies to a well deserved stretch break…

To learn more about our how you can increase your flexibility, visit http://www.ombecenter.com/services/chiropractic or contact us at info@ombecenter.com.

Erik S. Vose D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic

Erik Vose is a Board Certified Chiropractor in Massachusetts. He holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in California and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado. After earning his doctorate degree, Erik received two years of additional chiropractic and sports therapy training in Walnut Creek, CA. Erik is a member of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society and the American Chiropractic Association.

Dr.Vose treats patients for a range of conditions from sports injuries to chronic pain by focusing on the entire musculoskeletal system. Erik combines soft tissue therapy with ultrasound, electric stimulation, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments. He is proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of extremity injuries as well as those associated with the spine. Erik develops comprehensive treatment plans that focus on both alleviating symptoms and helping his patients achieve optimal strength and well-being.

~ by admin on May 11, 2009.


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