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Recently, we read a wonderful description of yoga and chiropractic as the “peanut butter and jelly of complementary care.” What a great visual! While yoga and chiropractic are two entirely different methods of treatment, the combination is incredibly beneficial. Here’s why yoga and chiropractic work together so nicely, and why you should consider incorporating both methods of treatment into your health care regimen.

The Benefits of Yoga

Some 16 million Americans practice yoga, and with benefits like these, it’s little wonder why one in eight of us describes themselves are extremely interested in this practice.

  • Increases balance, strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Complements repetitive training movements like weight lifting
  • Calms the mind
  • Ideal for people at all fitness levels and abilities
  • Creates mindfulness
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Brings awareness to negativity
  • Reduces neck and back stiffness

The focus in yoga is on mental and spiritual effects, but the physical benefits cannot be overlooked. Finding time for even just 20 minutes on your mat a few times a week can bring about big changes physically, mentally and emotionally.

The Benefits of Chiropractic

We’ve written quite extensively about the benefits of chiropractic care. Here are just a few conditions chiropractic can help treat and even resolve:

  • Neck and pain pain
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Joint pain in the feet, wrists and ankles
  • Sciatica
  • Carpel tunnel
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Fibromyalgia

Chiropractic care releases interference to the nervous system, and the focus is on benefits to our physical state. Still, those who enjoy regular chiropractic care understands that there are emotional and mental benefits when physical conditions are improved.

The Combination of Yoga and Chiropractic

At its simplest, an aligned spine improves the state of the body and makes way for yoga to strengthen the supporting muscles. Different yoga poses are also beneficial for calming the central nervous system and increasing the spine’s range of motion. And those are just the physical benefits of chiropractic care and yoga. Remember, health isn’t simply the absence of symptoms. True health is about vitality, energy and radiance, and the beneficial pairing of chiropractic and yoga can bring us closer to that state.