Staying Fit: Flexibility Essentials
By Dr. Mary Riggin, LAC, FitFM – Family Wellness
In order to achieve the best results with any health program, good flexibility is essential.
A lack of flexibility can lead to muscle tightness, back pain, neck pain, achy and painful joints, muscle spasms and knots, and numbness. These physical symptoms can greatly affect your health program and quality of life.
To better understand the importance of flexibility, it’s helps to understand structural anatomy. Our bones are held together by soft tissue: the muscles, tendons (attaches muscle to bone) and ligaments (attaches bone to bone.) If you didn’t have soft tissue, you’d be a bag of bones on the floor. The muscles interconnect in various layers to create a complex pulley system that allows us to move in all the various ways that we do.
Good flexibility can be achieved and maintained by incorporating a daily stretching routine, and attending a 1 hour class 2 -3 times per week. The more flexible you are the better your health program results will be. Think about all the little muscles that have to twist and turn every time you move. Stretching and plenty of water will help maintain the elasticity of your tissue and keep you flexible.
If you’re experiencing aches or pains, stretching may not be enough and could aggravate your condition. Pain medications block pain, they don’t promote healing and they have side effects. For thousands of years, the ancient medical art of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has been used to promote healing and rejuvenate the body. It has proven to be an effective treatment for many conditions, with no side effects. Because it promotes the flow of blood and oxygen to the cells, and promotes a release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killer) even chronic pain conditions respond well.
To keep you at your best, make sure you stretch daily, stay hydrated (with water) and stay flexible. If you’re in pain, get some help and turn your health around today!
Executive Director, Acupuncture Physician
Dr. Riggin is FitFM - Family Wellness , is the Founder and Director of Healing Touch Oriental Medicine. As an inspiring health educator, in-demand speaker and doctor of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Dr. Mary has helped thousands of people completely turn their health around. Dr. Mary co-hosts and produces the wildly popular radio show "Food is the First Medicine" and her presentations and viewpoints on natural healthcarehave made her an in-demand and innovative expert in the natural health world.
Dr. Mary Riggin, produces and hosts Food is the First Medicine Talk Radio Show, and is a popular speaker. Since 1996 she has practiced natural medicine in the Tampa Bay area; her passion and purpose is to help as many people as possible. Listen to her weekly on TanTalk 1340AM in Tampa Bay, or online anytime, anywhere at www.foodismedicine.org.
She is former Vice Chair of the Florida State Board of Acupuncture and was appointed to this gubernatorial position by Governor Lawton Chiles and Governor Jeb Bush. She has been featured on various TV and radio shows and frequently teaches free classes at community and recreation centers throughout Pinellas County.
She is a published author and was featured in the book A Woman's Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Alternative Healing, writes and publishes educational newsletters and brochures, and was elected to serve two consecutive terms as President of the Florida State Oriental Medical Association.