How to Get Up to Speed Without Getting Hurt
By Sandy Schroeder
Returning from the holidays can be a challenge both physically and mentally. Most of us are tempted to work harder, and move faster to get back on track. Wherever you are, pause a moment to get your bearings, and then gradually pick up speed as you head out for a run or launch into new work projects.
A measured approach can help you avoid joint injuries from excessive stress such as sprained ankles or twisted knees. It can also make you more aware of repetitive-stress situations at work checking your posture and assessing your workplace ergonomics.
See Your Chiropractor
Pulling together the best strategies could start with a visit to The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your area. The Joint provides a wellness center that helps everyone from teens to seniors stay well on a daily basis.
When you stop by, the Joint staff can help you assess your current physical and pain needs, helping you choose the best ways forward. Bring your questions and your issues, and be prepared to get to know your chiropractor. The goal here is to seek immediate pain relief, and ongoing wellness, without medications or surgery.
To do this your chiropractor believes your spinal health is central to maintaining your overall health. The spinal column houses the nervous system that coordinates and controls everything we do. Keeping it running can keep us going.
A spinal adjustment may create pain relief in your neck, back, sciatic nerve, or other joint areas. At the same time, it may deliver a fresh boost of energy, more mental alertness, better sleep, or improved metabolism and digestion.
As you assess the effects of a chiropractic adjustment, you may choose to do 15-minute weekly adjustments to keep the momentum going. That’s the time to put all of your wellness goals into motion as you head back to regular walking, running or other sports. Or you might take a stress-reduction class in mindfulness meditation or tai chi. Whatever you choose, keep these maintenance tips in mind.
Lift Smart – Make sure your large muscles do the lifting while protecting the smaller muscles and your joints.
Change Positions Often – When moving or sitting avoid staying in one posture too long. Muscles tire and joints can be injured when you stay in one position too long. Rotate exercises and take work breaks to protect your body.
Watch Range of Motion – Wherever you are, plugging away at work, or out on a run, avoid extremes in range of motion to avoid injury.
The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your area is ready when you are to make this year your best.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.