Chiropractic Fitness Tips
By Sara Butler
Chiropractors are no strangers to injuries. In fact, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic see patients frequently who are suffering from a fitness-related injury. These injuries vary, from pulled muscles to strains and sprains to tears of ligaments. While the chiropractors at The Joint are happy to assess and treat your injury, they'd prefer it if you didn't injure yourself in the first place! Here are a few chiropractic fitness tips to help you stay injury-free.
Make Sure to Warm Up
You may be setting yourself up for injury before you ever start exercising if you neglect to do a warm-up. Warm-ups help you to stay healthy and injury-free by literally warming up your muscles and making them more elastic. If your muscles are cold, they're tight and that puts you at risk of pulling something or even tearing a ligament.
Simply do a few stretches and gentle calisthenics before you start to get your blood flowing, which can help to reduce your chances of becoming injured.
Use the Proper Technique
When you perform a specific exercise, understanding how it should be done and what form you must hold is essential to avoiding injury. If you need to, work with a trainer or group fitness class instructor to understand the movements of the exercise you want to do and apply them in practice. Don't overdo it and try to do something that is beyond your skill level or you risk injury too.
Flexible muscles are muscles that stay healthy, which is why working on flexibility in your muscle groups can help prevent injury and increase your athletic ability. Work on a stretching routine you can perform every single day and stick to it. If you need help finding the right stretching routine for you, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are always there to help!
You must cool down properly after exercise if you want to avoid injury. After you exercise, make sure to stretch and walk around to cool down for at least 15 minutes. Just as with the warm-up, cooling down helps you to avoid sprains, strains, and pulled muscles. Also, remember to use the cooldown as a time to replenish fluids you lost by drinking water. This helps you to stay hydrated and healthy.
If you have questions about how to avoid injury when you exercise, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Magnolia, Tex.