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Swim With Chiropractic in Mind

By Brandi Goodman  

Swimming provides an excellent solution for exercise all-year-round. Even if it's too cold to swim in your own outdoor pool or enjoy a day at the beach, you can still find an indoor pool to get your water workout. Some chiropractic tips should be kept in mind, though, to ensure your swimming technique is safe for your joints. 

Start With Stretches

Just like with any exercise or physical activity, you need to start out by stretching. This helps to loosen the joints and prepare them for the movement that's to come. Particularly focus on stretching out your shoulders, since swimmer's shoulder is one of the most common injuries people face in the water. A good full-body stretch is also wise.

Change Up Your Swim Stroke

Don't get into the water and think you'll be breast or backstroking the entire time. The repetitive motion makes it easy to experience an injury -- particularly in your shoulder. You should change up your swimming routine so you're using all sorts of strokes and movements to get you across the water. Let your arms rest while you kick your way across for a bit. Switch between a child-like paddle and casually making your way on your back. You'll work more areas this way.

Drink Plenty of Water

You shouldn't be gulping any of the water you're swimming in, of course, but you do need to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before you enjoy your water workout, and be sure to stop and take a few sips if you need it during. Finish your swimming session off by taking a big swig as well. Proper hydration helps your joints stay flexible and aids in their recovery. 

Try Water Therapy

If you already have back pain or other bodily discomfort, you may find it difficult to swim well. Start out with water therapy. Getting into the water and simply walking can be a huge help in itself. Try a little at a time and build up to a better routine. 

Swimming can be done any time of year, but it always needs careful execution. No matter if you're using an indoor pool or you're in a lake, you should consider the techniques you're using and switch things up for the best possible workout. If you experience discomfort after swimming, stop in at The Joint for an adjustment. A joint restriction may need correcting to help you swim with ease. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev.

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