Summer Activities and Chiropractic

Almost summer!

Woohoo, it’s finally summertime! Increased activities outdoors, working around the home, and expanding our variety of exercises are all part of the fun and enjoyment we look forward to all year.

Along with all these exciting summer activities comes the extra pressure and strain on your back and body. Buzz kill! We all love to get out there and ‘play’ in the summer sun, whether it be golf, tennis, lacrosse, gardening, or beach volleyball. Whether you have been training over the winter or not, all this new activity may be a bit of a shock to your body. Using your muscles in a way that you are not used to doing can cause fatigue and stress on your body, which can quickly lead to all sorts of problems and injuries. Chiropractic can help you recover from these problems more quickly and can also help to prevent these problems from occurring.

Injuries typically come about when the body is inflexible or not as strong and not functioning at its optimum best. Fatigue can lead to many injuries and problems. When our muscles are fatigued they become sore, achy, and tight. This can lead to sprain and strain injuries to the muscles and ligaments in the back, neck and extremities. Fatigue can also leave the body more vulnerable to infection. The common cold (or worse) can creep up on you if the body is not working at its maximum potential to fight. What could have been a simple cold can last longer or become exacerbated if the body is not working at its optimal level.

Lower back and neck injuries are very common from doing even simple yard work, housework, and do-it-yourself projects. Most of these could be avoided with proper form and stretching. There are also a lot of complaints of pain that are attributed to overuse such as tendonitis or bursitis. This pain is from stressing the joints too much too often which causes a chronic inflammation of the tendons or bursa that are trying to protect your joints.

Chiropractic is a science and art based on the premise that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system free from interference from the spine or adjacent structures.

When there is interference in the nervous system caused by a misalignment or dysfunction of the spine, tissues, muscles and organs may not function properly. Detection of these problem areas (called “subluxations”) and their correction by spinal manipulation will relieve this nerve interference and allow the spine and nervous system to return to a healthy state, having you back to your summer activity as soon as possible!

Misalignment or dysfunction in the joints of the extremities following a sprain or strain type injury may also get adjusted to promote healing and relieve pressure in the joint. Correction of these problems and maintaining good health is the absolute goal of chiropractic care.

Providing information to maintain proper nutrition and exercise are also components of chiropractic care and health and wellness. Chiropractic is a great preventative treatment, and can help the body recover from acute injury or strain by ensuring the body is in proper alignment and free of interference.

Get out there and enjoy the summer, but remember to pace yourself and take care!

Image Credit: Almost Summer by Alex Garcia.  Used under a creative commons license. 

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