Avoiding Common Injuries Outdoors During Springtime Fun
Spring has definitely sprung here in Mebane, NC. The weather has warmed up and people are spending much more of their time outdoors doing things they love and enjoy. After the cold months of winter, people are now gardening, hiking, biking, and engaging in many of the activities that they couldn’t do during the winter. Unfortunately, some are injuring themselves. One of the most important things to remember whenever you are performing any moderate activity is to warm up.
Unlike expensive sports cars, the human body wasn’t made to go from a state of rest to full speed in a matter of seconds. It’s also important to know your limitations and not to push yourself too far too fast.
Lower Back Strains
Activities that require sudden twisting motions or a lot of bending can cause lower back strains. This is especially prevalent in those who do landscaping or other activities that require heavy lifting. Exercising to stay flexible and strong is one of the best ways to avoid back injuries.
Chiropractic adjustments, which put the spine into proper alignment and improve range of motion, are one other proactive measure people can do to avoid back injuries. As many people know, when lower back strain does occur, a chiropractic adjustment effectively addresses the condition restoring proper spinal alignment. At Sheradin Chiropractic Center we also address the soft tissue related to injuries to reduce healing time and improve overall movement patterns. In many cases, a single adjustment by a skilled practitioner can provide instant and lasting relief.
Running and squatting puts a lot of strain on the knees. Anyone who has an active lifestyle, like running, may have knee problems from time to time. Knee problems have put an end to the activities of many people over the years. Chiropractic treatment can strengthen the knee muscles and stretch them to improve range of motion.
Cyclists and mountain bikers sometimes experience neck strain and stiffness. The pain can make it challenging to move the neck normally. Ice can relieve the discomfort of neck stiffness. Gentle stretching of the neck can also bring relief. Stretching exercises can be used to improve flexibility and strengthen the neck as well. Like adjustments to the lower back, an adjustment to the cervical spine by a skilled and experienced chiropractor can bring instant and lasting relief to people suffering with neck pain. In addition, improper mechanics in the neck can lead to head aches and shoulder issues as well. Regular evaluation and chiropractic adjustment can have a dramatic impact on reducing and eliminating these types of issues.
Ankle sprains involve stretching the ligaments in the ankle and are very common in nearly all outdoor activities. Landing on your foot at an odd angle or with too much force can easily cause a sprain. Walking, running, or playing sports on uneven surfaces increases the risk of spraining an ankle. There may be swelling, bruising, and difficulty in moving the ankle. Moderate ankle sprains normally heal with time. When recuperating from an ankle sprain, it’s a good idea to apply ice and rest the ankle. It could take four weeks or more to heal from an ankle sprain, depending on the severity of the injury. Stretching exercises can help the healing. Proper stretching and wearing shoes that fit well can help to avoid ankle injuries.
Also, as much as possible, it’s important to avoid walking or running on uneven surfaces. People who have sprained their ankles might want to look into temporary precautions like using a brace or taping up the ankle.
Rotator cuff muscles allow precise movements with the shoulder and are common in acitivites like swimming and weight lifting, which require arm motions above the head. When the rotator cuff muscles stretch too far, they can become inflamed and cause joint pain. For shoulder pain that lasts more than a few days, range-of-motion exercises can strengthen the rotator cuff muscles. Strengthening helps hold the shoulder firmly in place. Treatment for serious rotator cuff injuries can include physical therapy, heat, and electrical muscle stimulation. Chiropractic can also be very effective for treating problems with the shoulder and the rotator cuff muscles.
The best ways to avoid these types of injuries are to stay in shape, maintain a healthy weight, and avoid activities that might cause injuries. Staying in shape keeps your body stronger and more flexible. Maintaining a healthy body weight prevents excessive stress on knees and ankles. Proper equipment is also very important for avoiding injuries. Make sure that the gear you use is in good working order and that it fits properly. If you have any doubts about your gear, take it to an expert and they will check it out and suggest any necessary improvements. Chiropractic care is important for athletes of all levels, from weekend warriors to professionals. Chiropractors are familiar with skeletal structure, muscle groups, and how they work together. A skilled Chiropractor knows how to address injuries throughout the body.
In this article, I have discussed some of the most common injuries that people have in the Springtime. I’ve also discussed how proper stretching before a workout can help to prevent injuries and how chiropractic treatment can help when an injury does occur. If you have a comment about this article, please leave it in the comments section below. If you know of someone who might benefit from the information in this blog, please share it with your friends, colleagues, and on social media.
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At Sheradin Chiropractic Center, we address all of the key elements to add vibrance and vitality to your life. This includes nutrition, chiropractic care, and fitness. If you need to consult with a chiropractor about your neck, back, or any other health concern, please contact our office to set up an appointment.
Dr. Dan Sheradin is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician. His practice, Sheradin Chiropractic Center, is located in Mebane North Carolina. His interest in chiropractic care started early and his outdoor pursuits include piloting a plane and SCUBA diving. After studying and earning his doctorate of chiropratic, Dr. Sheradin dedicated his life to helping people of all ages to transform their lives. The objective for each patient is to initiate the body’s healing and to work progressively toward a body that functions optimally.