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Tahoe health tip: Are you stiff in the morning?

Dr. Rodney Shoemaker
Special to the Bonanza
Dr. Rodney Shoemaker

Each night while we sleep adhesions build up between the muscle along the muscle interfaces. The stiff feeling we have is the solidifying of tissues. The sliding surfaces of the muscle are not sliding anymore.

Every cat in the world stretches when is gets up to melt the adhesions away. We must stretch and move in order to melt the adhesions away. If we do not stretch everyday then the adhesions build up.

A week’s worth or a months worth of adhesions start to intertwine and become stronger, harder and fibrous. This inhibits movement. At this point work must be done to release the adhesions.

Acupuncture, massage, chiropractic and other body work is needed to aid the body in restoring the lost movement. Part of aging is the build up of adhesions along the sliding surfaces of our bodies. This process creates limited range of motion which will become normal range of motion if nothing is done to restore the lost movement.

Old injuries become stiffer faster but our bodies in general get stiff with age. Our bodies are literally solidifying. The benefit of body work is that movement is re-introduced to the body manually, which has been lost due to lack of movement.

Dr. Shoemaker has owned and operated Incline Chiropractic since 2000. Located at 894 Southwood Blvd. in Incline Village. Learn more at inclinechiropractic.com.