23 Jul Enjoying the Season: Chiropractic Tips for Summertime Pain
Summer is the season when people are usually more physically active, spending plenty of time in the great outdoors.
While this summer has been far from average due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s just as important – perhaps even now more than ever – to devote some time to exercise and getting some vitamin D, whether it’s walking around the block or exercising at your local park. Unfortunately, certain injuries tend to be more common in the summer compared to other times of the year, so if you plan to work out, you’ll want to proceed with a bit of caution.
If you’re one of the many individuals who enjoy biking, hiking, running, walking, or embarking on other outside activities during the summer, the following tips from your friendly McAllen chiropractor at Hendrick Wellness Center can help you stay healthy and avoid injury.
The Source of Summertime Pain
Summertime pain is generally caused by different kinds of outdoor ventures. Everything from gardening to sports, running, walking, and swimming can lead to muscle injuries and pain.
Sometimes these issues take place due to poor technique, such as twisting incorrectly at the torso or lifting from the back rather than the legs. In other instances, these injuries happen when you push yourself too hard by trying to do too much at once.
Most Common Summertime Aches
Some of the most common injuries that affect people during the summer include:
- Knee injuries: Runner’s knee is a problem that occurs as a result of an imbalance in the muscles that control the knee and the thigh. Knee injuries can be provoked through running, walking, squatting, and other knee-intensive activities.
- Plantar fasciitis: This heel injury most typically happens in runners. Those who suffer from plantar fasciitis experience this issue when the muscle on the bottom of the foot gets overstretched.
- Rotator cuff: Rotator cuff injuries arise after the patient engages in the same repetitive shoulder motion over and over again. Rotator cuff injuries frequently happen to those who have been consistently swimming or participating in other activities that require frequent use of the shoulder, such as tennis.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help You
Chiropractors utilize a variety of techniques to assist patients in recovering from their injuries. Chiropractors can also help patients prevent the same injuries again in the future.
Some of the most common chiropractic practices involve:
- Spinal adjustment: Spinal adjustment is the process of realigning the vertebrae of the spine. Spinal adjustment helps loosen tight muscles, brings back mobility, alleviates pain, and helps patients recover from injuries.
- Stretches and exercises: Many people develop injuries while partaking in outdoor activities because they have not warmed up properly or their muscles aren’t quite strong enough for the particular exercise. Your chiropractor can help you by teaching you proper stretches and exercises. These exercises can help you prepare for a long summer of hard work and physical activity.
- Nutritional advice: Eating healthy not only helps you train for physical activities and sports, but also rejuvenates your muscles so that you can be in a better position to take part in physical activity.
- Lifestyle recommendations: Your chiropractor can teach you how to avoid future injuries by making minor adjustments to your typical behaviors and habits.
Stop By and Visit Your Local McAllen Chiropractor
Given the state of the current health crisis, we want to ensure that our patients can still find some joy in the summer by going outside and working off their stress. Through our natural pain management methods, we can help you make the most of your time outdoors without getting hurt in the process.
If you happen to experience any summertime injuries, do not hesitate to reach out to our offices immediately.