Tips From a Chiropractic Sports Physician to Help You Get Ready For Summer Activities
As spring arrives, we find ourselves itching to prepare for summer vacations and activities. Whether we plan to spend our summer retreats at the beaches, historic parks, or playing in our own backyards, chiropractors stress the importance of easing your body into your summer activities.
Let’s face it-many of us use the winter as a respite to eat a little more and snuggle a little more, not much unlike a hibernating bear. Yet, when spring rolls around, we find ourselves eager to get back to body business and to adventure into the great outdoors. Simply stated, we are eager to get into swimsuit shape for our summer activities.
While swimsuit shape might consist of diet changes to drop a few unwanted pounds, it should also consist of body shaping exercises to re-train and strengthen the main muscles you’ll be using in your summer activities and attention to spinal alignment, as posture is your most dominant subconscious feature Will you be participating in water sports such as water skiing, swimming, scuba diving, or others? Will you be mountain hiking or going on extended nature or beach walks? Will you be playing Frisbee or tag football in your backyard? If you have avoided or limited physical activity during the winter, you’ll need to ease back into your active routine in order to avoid and reduce the potential for injuries. Starting with a 10k or a marathon is maybe not the best way to begin. However training for one absolutely can be!
Prevention is the key word here. It is much easier to avoid an injury than it is to rehabilitate the body after an injury. Chiropractors are advocates and specialists of prevention. They provide awareness and care for preventing injuries, helping people lead healthy lifestyles. Yet, many people only think to consult a chiropractor after an injury has occurred and in this thought they are Dead Wrong While a chiropractor can very effectively help you heal from an injury, healing takes time, time that you could be spending playing in the summer sun.
Strains, sprains and subluxations of the joints (misalignments causing dysfunction) are the most common summer time injuries that can be reduced or avoided with a little help. Here are some tips to help avoid these common injuries. Ease your body back into regular physical activity. Start a walking program. Walk ten minutes every other day then build to daily walks and extend your walking time maybe even adding in a little jog or two. Climb a flight of stairs at the mall or the office instead of taking the escalator or elevator. Don’t push yourself to climb several flights of stairs at one time until you are ready. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to drink 1 ounce of water for every 2 pounds of body weight. Start a daily stretching program and remember to stretch immediately before and after any exercise. Most importantly, know your limits. Challenge yourself appropriately but don’t push your body beyond its limits. That’s where injuries occur.
Consult a chiropractor to put together a proactive plan of care for prevention, optimal wellness, stretching and building into your summer activities. If possible, try to find a chiropractor who is also a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician??. These are chiropractors with a special certification in preventing and treating sports injuries and optimizing physical fitness. They use protocols to help minimize the risk of injury and enhance sports performance. They can help you customize a conditioning program focused on improving your balance, coordination, flexibility, range of motion, and body symmetry, ensuring that your body is ready for some summer fun.