If you’re like most of us, you are starting to gear up for all manner of exciting winter sports, you’ve no doubt planned on all the right clothing and accessories to protect your skin and shield you from the cold. How about your body though? With all the trips to the snow, slips, falls and slides are bound to happen. Even the most skilled of snowboarders or skiers could find themselves suffering injury from a painful fall. Read on to learn about how chiropractic care can help you prevent and treat cold weather sport injuries.
Get checked out!
Before and after sports activity, it comes highly recommended to get checked thoroughly by your chiropractor. Any subluxations that you may have prior could lead to an increased risk of injury when participating in physical activities. After a sports accident, prompt and immediate treatment is vital to prevent long-term injuries. If left untreated, spinal injuries, whiplash, herniated disks and more can lead to chronic neck and/or back pain. If you sustain an injury while out on the slopes, don’t hesitate to reach out for treatment.
A good spinal adjustment will address the root cause of your pain, and will work to heal at the source of the problem. Once a spinal misalignment occurs, chiropractic care is essential to restoring proper alignment. Otherwise, as long as the spine and extremities remain misaligned, patients will continue to experience pain, and run the risk of increased injury and chronic pain.
Know your limits! Of course, that’s hard to remember as you slip at the speed of light down the slopes, but you can take a few precautions to ensure your safety. Be sure to wear protective gear, and stretch and limber up before heading out to the slopes! Pay attention to your body and its needs and seek treatment for any falls as soon as possible.
Always consult your primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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