Daily Tips From Your Acupuncturist (part 2)
If you missed part one, you can find it HERE.
A review of what we’re trying to do: There are several very simple practices that, when committed to, can drastically improve a persons’ health, quality of life, and even help to alleviate symptoms. The catch is, they have to be done regularly!
Stretching before bed:
Stretching in the evening is just as important as it is in the morning time, which is when people typically think about it, or even just do it automatically. In a similar fashion to one of the mechanisms of acupuncture, stretching helps to break up stagnation and it encourages the movement of blood, oxygen, and nutrients into and through the tissues. Stretching helps to loosen muscles, and in the evening, can engage muscles that might have not been used during the day. Many people work at desks where they are sitting all day, and then after working hard all day, they use their evenings as unwind time and spend it in front of the television or otherwise sitting on a couch or chair. Some hit the gym first thing in the morning, which is great, but then they still end up sitting at a desk all day. This way of living promotes stiffness and pain that can even wake some up at night.
When you stretch at night, you relax those muscles and help to increase circulation which can help with quality of sleep at night and less pain and stiffness in the morning.
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