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Annual Turkey Bowl in Your Plans? Play Without Pain

By Virginia Laird

Many families across the nation will take part in a pick-up football game deemed the Turkey Bowl. For many this is a time for family bonding and burning the extra calories which were consumed during the annual Thanksgiving meal. Chiropractors advise that while this game is fun, it can cause a great deal of pain for the back if participants who are not properly prepared. A few tips they advise you should follow, include:

  • Avoid doing more than you are prepared to
  • Thoroughly stretch your body before hitting the field
  • Plan a trip to the chiropractor

Avoid Doing More Than You are Prepared To

Although you may want to be the superstar at your family's turkey bowl this Thanksgiving it is vital that you try not to overdo it. Research suggests that many of the injuries from which people suffer is caused from overdoing what the body is prepared to do. For many who play in this game, it may be trying to prove how fast you may still be. Chiropractors suggest that while you may still have some speed, putting it on display when it has not been properly prepared (or warmed up) can prove to cause pain. Make sure you keep your game in the realm of what your body is prepared for.

Thoroughly Stretch Your Body Before Hitting the Field

Even though your football game on Thanksgiving will not be a professional game, it is still necessary that you and all the other players participate in pregame stretching. This is a great way to prevent injury. Chiropractors advise that taking the time to stretch out is one of the very best ways to prevent injury to the body, including the back. Research suggests that many who participate in the family’s annual turkey bowl may be far beyond their prime fitness years. This makes stretching, warming up, and other precautions to ensure a safe and injury-free game more important than ever.

Plan a Trip to the Chiropractor

Visiting a chiropractor routinely has been proven to be a great (and successful) way to prevent and manage back pain and injury. Chiropractors specifically work with the joints of the spine to restore function as it gets restricted through daily activities. For many, the shifting of these joints can go unnoticed until getting active in exercise, sports, or other physical games. For this reason, millions across the nation turn to help from a chiropractor. If you are ready to begin your pain prevention and management plan, consider dropping by The Joint Chiropractic nearest you. With more than 400 locations nationwide you are sure to find one close by. And with no appointment necessary, getting started can be as simple as dropping in on your way home from work.

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To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C.

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