Rocking your way to health

Did you know?
In 1955, former US president John F Kennedy was prescribed a rocking chair by his doctor to alleviate his chronic back pain. JFK found it so effective that he took one on Air Force One, used one at Camp David and also on his family estate. JFK’s doctor was on to something, because research shows rocking has some surprising benefits for both physical and mental health. In terms of physical benefits, the action engages the thigh and abdominal muscles to provide a mild form of exercise, increases circulation and improves knee strength and flexibility. But it’s the effects of the rhythmic motion that offer the most interesting benefits.

**Sitting in a rocking chair is relaxing, rejuvenating and calming all at once, and there’s science to prove it.

**A two-year study from the University of Rochester in the US found that the repetitive action of using a rocking chair helped ease anxiety and depression, improve balance and reduce the need for pain medication.

**Rocking chair therapy has been used for easing lower back pain, constipation, abdominal pain from C-sections and bowel dysfunction following surgery.

**Sufferers of vertigo and bouts of dizziness may also benefit from time in a rocking chair.

**The light exercise that occurs when using a rocking chair burns calories, improves knee extension and strengthens hand muscles.

Now would I say to give up your regular exercise and rock your way to fitness? Not at certain ages – but what I WILL say is ANYTHING that is able to help you with stress and anxiety, with low back pain and pain in general, or with balance or recovering from surgery is something you should try! I’m sold on the benefits of rocking, not only for adults but for children as well. Check out some wonderful rockers for all below. Have a wonderful day. I’m going to go rock while I read. Peace.

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