Now that the warm weather is in full swing, so too are the summer sports. Many people are now joining baseball, soccer, volleyball, football, cycling, golf, and running teams so they can get outside while enjoying in their favorite sporting activity.
But with any physical fitness, there is a risk of injuring the body, especially if you have been more sedentary over the winter. When you first return to a fitness routine, the higher demands placed on your tissues, joints, and bones can increase your chances of getting hurt. Sprains, strains, and tears to muscles and tendons are very common. Ankles, knees, back, neck, and shoulders are areas that are vulnerable to trauma when participating in your team game.
Chiropractors can help you reduce your risks of hurting the body and, if damage does occur, treat those parts of the body to keep you healthy, happy, and enjoying your favorite past time all summer. Chiropractors can assist by:
Pre-Assessment and Recommendations
Visiting a chiropractor before joining a team can help prepare you for the demands that sports puts on the body. If you have not been very active during the long, cold winter months, your chiropractic doctor can help you take proactive steps to prevent harm. They will review your health with you and perform a complete initial assessment. They can also show you safe exercises and body mechanics to help strengthen the tissues.
Diet and Nutrition
Diet and nutrition plays a vital role in healthy living. Your doctor can review your current dietary habits with you. They can also make recommendations and suggestions on the proper foods you should be eating to maintain good nutrition to improve tissue function. Vitamins and minerals play a vital role in health and wellness. When playing sports, the body needs certain foods to keep it functioning properly. Your chiroproactor will help you adapt healthy food intake so you can enjoy a full season of game play.
Regular Care and Maintenance
Chiropractic practitioners help maintain the spinal column, joints, and tissues during your athletic season to keep the body working at it’s optimal best. Regular visits to your doctor will ensure that the back and neck are properly aligned so your nervous system, blood flow and tissues are functioning at their best. Tissues that have a healthy supply of nerve signals, nutritious blood flow and oxygen, are better able to withstand the pressures of strenuous physical movement.
Treatment of Injuries
Chiropractors help patients who have suffered an injury heal quickly and properly. Their hands-on approach to treatments provide more natural and therapeutic care to the damaged tissues. Chiropractors manipulate the spine and joints to improve alignment and function while reducing pain and inflammation.
Your practitioner uses natural treatments to restore the area to its proper state. During your recovery, your doc will not only treat the injury to help the tissues heal naturally, they will show you proper movements and exercises you can do to help restore mobility.
Chiropractors use the body’s natural healing powers to treat sports related injuries. Now that the warm time of year is here, more people will be playing their favorite athletic game. Visiting your chiropractic office regularly before and during the athletic season can help reduce your risk of injury. Your health professional is an expert in body mechanics and management. They can help you enjoy a summer of fitness fun under the hot sun.
At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we work with professional and recreational athletes’ year round. We help our fitness clients heal from their injuries while improving over all health and performance. If you are joining a sporting team or activity this summer, visit your chiropractor to help you stay in prime shape all summer.