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Chiropractic Tips for Sledding and Skiing

By Brandi Swieter

Sledding and skiing are two common pastimes participated in during the winter months when snow is pouring down from the sky. Kids and adults alike can partake in the activities, but everyone should be careful when doing so. These sports can lead to back aches and pains if people are not careful while doing them. By following a few chiropractic tips for sledding and skiing, people can be more cautious and careful when having their winter fun.

Start By Stretching

No activity should ever get done without some simple stretching to start. This helps loosen up the body and prepare the muscles for the tasks at hand. Skiing uses the legs, so squats are an ideal stretch to loosen the leg muscles. Sledding should start with knee-to-chest stretches that can help prevent compression injuries. Roughly 15 minutes of stretching should get done prior to starting the activity for it to be effective.

Finish By Stretching

Stretching should get done after sledding and skiing as well. It helps to restore flexibility in the body and allow it to remain active even after the activity is complete. The same squats and knee-to-chest stretches that got done beforehand can be used during and after as well to produce the same results.

Go During the Day

Night time sledding may sound fun, but it is extremely dangerous. Those who want to remain as safe as possible while completing their activity should go during the day to ensure they can properly see their surroundings. It’s easy to get hurt in the dark when it’s hard to tell what obstacles are around.

Avoid Icy Slopes

Snowy slopes are all a person needs to get their skiing or sledding on. An icy slope is extremely dangerous and will leave people even more susceptible to falls and breaks. Avoid icy areas at any time, particularly when doing these activities, to prevent a mishap from occuring.

Skip the Scarf

It may seem like a good idea to wear a scarf while sledding or skiing, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. A scarf may keep the neck warm, but it also has the possibility of getting loose and dangling down where it doesn’t belong. It may get caught and cause an accident. Skipping it is the better option.

With some chiropractic tips in mind, sledders and skiers can be more cautious of what they’re doing. Those who do find themselves sore after the activities should visit The Joint Chiropractic. An adjustment could do some good to get the body back to feeling like normal.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Noblesville, Ind.

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