Many of us have daily routines that we perform to help look after ourselves. These include activities like brushing our teeth, showering, shaving and maybe even going for a walk or making a trip to the gym.
But what about our joints?
Often we only think about our joints when we experience pain, but there are daily actions we can take to help us move and feel better. Since our bodies are very good at adapting to our daily activities, they are also very good at adapting to the amount of sitting and not moving that we do – or fail to do - as well. As a result, our body’s response to this lack of movement is to eliminate ranges of motion and positions that we don’t use very often. This becomes problematic when we need to get into those positions throughout the day whether it be reaching into the backseat of our car or bending over to pick something off the ground. This is often where injury or pain often happens.
So what can we do?
Enter the CARs routine. CARs stands for Controlled Articular Rotations. CARs are large, deliberate rotational movements targeting each major joint. Picture the arm circles we did in gym class except much slower and more useful. By going through these motions each day, we are able to communicate to our brain and body, letting them know that we do in fact need these ranges of motion. This daily routine only takes 10-15 minutes and will help maintain range of motion as well as make sure that all of our joints are staying well lubricated and happy.
🔹If you are an existing patient, book your individualized CARs session with Zak Palek now!
All patients who book in for a CARs session will be entered into a raffle to win a GARMIN vívosmart HR activity and fitness tracker.
*We will also have an interactive, CARs information session on March 14th at 7:30pm for the general public. Call now to reserve your spot. Spaces are limited.