A Chiropractor's Guide to Kayaking
By Brandi Swieter
Kayaking is a fun activity, but it takes a great deal of effort. With such a toll put on the body, it’s important for kayakers to understand just how to perform the activity so they can ease some of the strain put on the back and body. By following a chiropractor’s guide to kayaking, people wanting to try out the sport can do so pain-free.
Stretch Before Starting
Especially when going out early in the morning, it’s important to stretch the body. Discs and joints within the body are far more stiff within the first 90 minutes of waking, so heading out anywhere without stretching out these areas first could lead to trouble. Kayaking is especially taxing on the body, so stretching out the legs, arms, and back will be a huge help in keeping the body flexible and able to handle the task no matter the time of day.
Stay Close to Land for Regular Breaks
Sitting in the same position in a kayak for even a half-hour at a time can cause harm to the back. People need to be able to get up and take a break from sitting every so often, making it imperative to stay near land. Being far out in the open water with no easy land access in sight will mean sitting for longer trying to make the way over to a stretch of land to stand up. It’s also dangerous for those traveling alone.
Use the Proper Paddling Technique
Even if sitting doesn’t cause a problem for the back, improper paddling sure can. It’s important for people on a kayak to use the proper paddling technique so they do not cause themselves injury. Using only the arms to paddle and not putting any effort from the lower body can also cause injury to the shoulders. Finding the right rhythm between moving the back and arms will go a long way in keeping someone paddling in a kayak free from pain. The spine should remain upright with proper posture and should get turned slowly and cautiously when making a stroke against the water. Turning excessively can lead to a terrible ache quickly.
Follow a chiropractor’s guide to kayaking and gain a much better experience. It’s never fun to head out on an adventure only to have it stopped by pain and discomfort. Individuals who still experience pain while kayaking even after following this guide should visit The Joint Chiropractic. A doctor of chiropractic may be able to perform an assessment to determine what joint restrictions are within the body. Removing these restrictions and finding relief is the goal.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salem, N.H.