Chiropractic Helps You Keep It Together in the Winter
By Sandy Schroeder
You may love winter or hate it, but either way snow, ice and frigid temperatures take extra effort to avoid injuries. Keeping you and your family healthy and safe may be as easy as enlisting some chiropractic assistance.
The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you is well equipped to help with painful muscle spasms, strains or tears from winter sports. The Joint’s chiropractors also provide safety tips such as these warm-up routines from the American Chiropractic Association.
Use 15 to 20 minutes to do a warm-up for sports such as sledding, skiing or skating.
Tobogganing or sledding – Use knee-to-chest stretches to avoid compression injuries from bouncing over the snow. While lying on your back, pull your knees to your chest and hold for 20 to 30 seconds.
Skiing - Warm up with 10 to 15 squats. Stand with your legs about a foot apart. Lower your bottom as you bend your knees over your feet. Stand up straight and repeat.
Skating – Use lunges stepping forward with one foot and lowering the back knee to the floor. Keep shoulders positioned over hips. Switch feet and repeat.
Use stretches or squats as cool-downs for these sports.
Stay safe and consider having snow shoveled by someone else if you have been inactive.
- Warm up with stretches before you start
- Wear layered clothing to allow movement and stay warm
- When shoveling, push snow straight ahead
- Let arm and leg muscles do the work, not the back
- Take frequent rest breaks
As the season moves ahead, your chiropractor may be the wellness base you use the most to help everyone survive the winter. Seniors in your family may need extra help with arthritic or sciatic nerve pain. Teens may need help with injuries on the slopes or the ice, and you may be looking for good winter workout tips.
Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may serve as a checkpoint to keep everyone focused, providing far-reaching pain relief, and an overall sense of well-being. Many individuals find they sleep better, are more aware, and feel less stress. Improved metabolism and digestion have also been noted.
Weekly adjustments may be a good time to work on other winter goals such as stress reduction, weight loss or muscle strength. Your chiropractor can help you with good stretching and strength exercises, and smart diet tips.
Stop in today at The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to get started. Everything is simpler at The Joint. Affordable personal healthcare plans need no insurance, and flexible weekend and evening hours make visits easy. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Madison, Wis.