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Summer Injurues

Preventing Common Summer Injuries

It’s hard to be bored when the weather is so fine – especially in Minnesota. All around the state, folks are cramming as many activities and events as they can into a seemingly ever-shrinking window of snow-free weather!

Summer activities are all about the outdoors – hiking, climbing, and swimming reign supreme. They can also end in aching bones, sore muscles, and unwanted –and often unexpected – injuries.

A little know-how and preparation can go a long way to ensure you spend your summer having fun instead of recovering from an injury.

 

Common Summer Injuries

Water Hazards

When the water isn’t frozen, it’s exactly where we want to spend our time! Fishing, skiing,  and boating are common pastimes in our area. Beware of slippery docks and boat decks when heading out to do some fishing.

Especially at peak summer when the sun is at its hottest, swimming is a great way to stay active and get a good workout. We’ve all heard the old adage “Wait 30 minutes after eating before getting into the water” from our mothers, but swimmers are especially subject to other injuries. Tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries or ligament tears are common injuries around the water.

Knee pain

Overuse

Tendinitis is a common injury that develops in the summer. More people are out and about running, cycling, and competing in all sorts of sports. Incorrect technique, poor preparation, or overuse can result in tendinitis. Think of it in terms of its common nickname: “Weekend Warrior Syndrome”. Working too hard without preparing your body is never a good idea.

 

Sprains and Strains

It’s fun to discover new, exciting places in the summer. Our state is full of parks, hiking paths, and new areas to explore. It’s common to be exploring a new area and experience that stomach-dropping sensation of catching your foot on a tree root and realizing you’re about to take a tumble. Suddenly, you’re in a majestic forest with a sprained ankle.

 

Preventing Summer  Injuries

 

Get The Right Gear

Don’t want to roll your ankle on that tree root or slip on an especially wet boat landing? Wear the right footwear! Hiking boots with ankle support or boat shoes with extra grip can make all the difference. You should also think about headwear – like sun hats, helmets, and visors –  as well as life jackets, extra pads, and clothing. The right fabric can mean the difference between a fun kayaking trip or a week of nursing sunburnt shoulders.

Speaking of which – don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray!

 

Stretch it Out

Stretching muscles and warming them up before getting active is the simplest way to prevent injuries – whether it be in the summer or year-round. Whichever muscle groups you plan on using that day, stay limber and ready for fun.

 

Hydrate!

Obvious but important summer tip: drink plenty of water! Summer means stronger sun rays, which means more sweating. Sweat means your body is dehydrated. Carry your trusty water bottle with you always. This not only prevents dehydration, but helps your muscles be at their very best!

The “wait 30 minutes rule”, by the way, prevents cramps. Is it a strict rule? No, not really, but it’s still good advice to wait 30 minutes after eating before doing any strenuous activity. A good rule of thumb: Listen to your mother.

 

The specialists at 360 Chiropractic can help you get active in your favorite summer activities with confidence. If you are recovering from an injury or have cause for concern, consult your physician or physical therapist before getting to active.

 

Healing Golf Injuries With Chiropractic Care

May is National Golf Month and a fun time to be on the green.

 

Many golfers miss out because of common injuries to this sport. Heal golf injuries faster and safer with chiropractics to get you back in the game.

Back Pain

It is no secret that golf is hardest on your back. Even perfect form when you swing will wear on your spinal alignment over time. Fortunately, chiropractors are all about the back. Even if your back is not necessarily injured, chiropractors can alleviate back pain and soreness from a long day on the green. Spinal alignment will take pressure off the areas of your back you rely on for your golf swing. Frequent chiropractic adjustments can act as preventative care, and we aren’t strangers to helping patients with more serious back pain like nerve damage, disc ruptures, and more.

Shoulder Pain

When golfers have a fast wind up, it can often result in shoulder pain. Sometimes this is just soreness, but it can also manifest in more serious issues, such as rotator cuff tendonitis, muscle tears, or A-C joint arthritis. As with any musculoskeletal problem, chiropractors can help. If you are feeling shoulder pain or even elbow pain, trust a chiropractor to help you feel better again!

Knee Pain

Improper posture when swinging the club may cause knee pain – sometimes progressing to the point of surgery. Before you go under the knife, try chiropractic care. A chiropractor looks at the whole body functioning together and takes a full medical history in order to diagnose accurately. This is important when you understand that your knee joints are connected to your leg bones, pelvis, and influenced by your back and spine. Chiropractic adjustments can alleviate knee pain and bring back a full range of motion.

If you are suffering from a golf injury that is preventing you from getting on the green, May is the month to visit a chiropractor and fix that! You can enjoy golf as a sport again with the help of chiropractic care from 360 Chiropractic.

 

Manage Your Pain Without Medication: The Benefits of Chiropractic Care, Massage, and Acupuncture

Although the amount of people with chronic pain has remained the same for almost 20 years, the amount of prescriptions for opioids, a pain medication, has quadrupled according to NAAG.

 

For those people living with chronic pain, the pain medication is not necessarily helping them from day-to-day and has a high cost, even with insurance. With most injuries, the body should be able to recuperate on its own, but the information from NAAG is showing that is not the case.

 

For many suffering from chronic pain, a good alternative to opioids is chiropractic care. This will allow their bodies to heal naturally both short-term and long-term; whichever the body needs before healing properly.

Here are some alternative pain management services available at 360 Chiropractic.

Massage Therapy

Tight and sore muscles are one of the leading causes of body pain. The balance of kneading, stroking, and pressure helps to improve circulation. That circulation is helping to release blood flow which helps stimulate the muscles and manage chronic pain. People who have regular massage therapy sessions experience less pain overall. They also feel more relaxed and less stress than those who do not attend regular massage sessions. There are many sources out there that state how beneficial massage therapy is for chronic pain, including Health Day.

The massage therapists at 360 Chiropractic are highly trained to adapt to the massage technique that the patient may request.

Acupuncture

Although some write off acupuncture as a Chinese myth, it’s a proven method to not only help with general health but also chronic pain. It is achieved by stimulating specific points on the body with fine needles, physical pressure, or laser technology. These pressure points are placed to best benefit the body’s circulatory, musculoskeletal, and neurological functions.

Many times there are other health concerns that accompany chronic pain, such as lack of sleep and depression. These concerns can be managed with acupuncture as well. Acupuncture patients experience improved sleep and an improved overall well-being.

Chiropractic Care

Last but not least, chiropractic care can help chronic pain management without the use of prescription medication. Many times chronic pain means there is some part of the body that is out of alignment. With chiropractic care, we are able to pinpoint exactly which part of the body it is and then manipulate it using the Activator Technique, which is a low-force method that is extremely effective and gentle.

As the body becomes aligned properly again, you’ll notice a decrease in your chronic pain, muscle tension, and stress levels.

 

These three pain management alternatives are great treatment plans to have. They help those with chronic pain, without the use of prescribed medication.

360 Chiropractic offers free consultations. Please contact us for more information.