Adamec Chiropractic News
As spring has made its official entrance, it's time to head outdoors again. After being sequestered inside during the winter months, people are eager to get out and enjoy the nice weather. Be it yard work, gardening, spring cleaning, or sports - our bodies get right to it. Unfortunately, our bodies are not always as ready as we are. All of these activities are a bit of a shock to our bodies as we are using muscles in a way we are not used to doing. Preventative and proactive Chiropractic care will help prepare and maintain your body for any activity you may enjoy.
Whatever the day’s agenda, remember to stretch your muscles. Your body will be less likely to retaliate against you if you have given it fair warning of activities to come. Warm muscles are happy muscles. If you are working in your yard, remember that spring is a season, not a day. Spread your goals out over the course of a couple weeks to give your body steady activity, not a race-to-the-finish sprint. You may think it’s silly to stretch before heading out to the yard, but a little stretching goes a long way, and - as you get older - you’ll find it to be a more and more useful tool in preventative care, along with regular visits to your chiropractor, of course!
Spring cleaning can be very therapeutic. Taking a long look at that basement or garage and imagining yourself emptying it clean. As noble a goal as it is, it is not a realistic task for one person. Making your body bite off more that it can chew is a great way to do major, sometimes irreparable damage to your back, as well as innumerable other sites of the body. Going it alone can also lead to clumsy accidents. Whether it’s a heavy item or an awkward item, ask for help to lighten the load. A second set of eyes could be the difference between injury and a job well done.
There is no question that Spring brings warmth and a motivation to get outside. It also renews the desire to get out and be active. It’s so important to remember to stretch prior to any sporting activity. Muscles that are warmed up before being put under stress are more likely to handle that stress. Stretching before sports or exercise may help decrease injury to your muscles, ligaments and tendons. Stretching can help keep the body limber by releasing muscle tension and tightness. A tight muscle is not able to optimally function as it should. Warm muscles are happy muscles!
One of the biggest joys for people when the weather gets warmer is the ability to run outside. Along with all the euphoria runners feel, it is a very jarring activity for one’s body. There are a few ways you can stand a better chance against the body pain that can be associated with running. Buy two of the same type of running shoes and switch between the pairs. Vary your running surfaces. Run on pavement, track, asphalt, grass, dirt, wood chips, etc. Do this a few times a week and you will naturally run on varied courses. If you live or run near the water, run as close to it as possible, as the sand tends to be more flat there.
With the combined effect of taking personal steps to prepare your body for activity, coupled with regular preventative and proactive chiropractic care, you’ll be sure to keep your body in motion while maintaining the integrity of your spine, bones and joints.
If you live in the north east, then you know about shoveling snow. It happens every winter, the snow falls, the shovels come out, and people end up in the hospital or their doctor's office with a bad back. Luckily, there are some tips you can follow to reduce the risk of injury while gaining the benefits of some really great exercise.
Warm up your body: Take the time to properly stretch before you go outside. This will get your muscles ready to work.
Don't use your back: Instead, use your arms and legs. The back is designed to support your upper body while your arms and legs are designed to do work.
Dress for the weather: Take into account the temperature, wind, precipitation, and how long you'll be outside. You want your body to stay warm, but you also want to avoid restricting your motion as much as possible.
Take your time: You want to be careful to not overdo it. Work at a comfortable pace, and be sure to take a break when needed. Know your limits.
Don't wait until the end: Depending on the severity of the storm, and the size of your driveway, considering shoveling more than once. It's much easier to clear a few inches a couple of times than it is to clear one foot once.
Watch for hazards: Be careful to watch for ice, and make sure you stay aware of your surroundings. During a heavy snow storm, trees can fall, cars can run off the road, and your visibility can be compromised.
Stop if your hurt: Shoveling can be rigorous work, and even after taking every precaution, injuries can happen. If you get hurt, stop and seek appropriate care. Continuing to work after an initial injury can cause a host of other problems.
If you have any questions about any of the information presented in this article, please don't hesitate to call out office at (518) 357-2225.
BENEFITS OF REIKI HEALING:
Aids better sleep
Reduces blood pressure
Helps relieve pain
Releases muscle tension
While some view it as a leisure sport, the reality is that golf is very demanding, physically active sport. Golfers are just as susceptible to sports related injuries as any other type of athlete. Studies have shown that up to 80% of the 30 million golfers in the United States suffer from some level of golf related sports injury every year - often the result of overuse. With spring finally here and golf courses all over the capital region in full swing, Adamec Chiropractic wants to stress the important role that chiropractic care can play in treating and preventing golf related injuries.
The three most common causes of golf related injuries are spinal misalignments that result in incorrect posture, poor swing mechanics, and lack of flexibility. The average golfer will take between 50 - 100 full power swings during an 18 hole round, and that’s not counting swings on the driving range or practice swings mid-round. That’s a significant amount repeated stress and torque on the neck, back, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles - all of which opens the door to potential injury.
Adamec Chiropractic takes a multifaceted approach to treating and preventing golf related injuries. Utilizing different chiropractic treatment techniques to address spinal misalignments and pain management and comprehensive stretching and exercise programs that increase flexibility and strengthen muscles, Dr. Adamec can have you back on the course sooner and keep you out there longer.
While many golfers have come to accept that injuries are just part of the game, the reality is that regular chiropractic treatment can significantly reduce both your risk of injury and the time it takes for injuries to heal. So whether you’re a weekend warrior or spend more time at the golf course than you do at home, give our office a call today to learn about the benefits that chiropractic care can have on your game.
With winter finally here in full swing, the cold weather, snow, and ice bring with it the need to be cautious when venturing outside. From muscle strains and spasms to whiplash and herniated discs, cold weather related injuries are a serious problem. At Adamec Chiropractic, we stress two important strategies: first, taking the proper precautions to avoid cold weather injuries; and second, treating injuries as soon as possible to prevent complications down the road.
The statistics speak for themselves. Every year, more than half a million people in America are treated for cold weather related injuries. Falls from skiing, snowboarding and ice skating to the physical strain put on the body from sledding or snowmobiling cause a wide range of injuries to the body including: the knees, ankles, shoulders, back, head, and neck. While some of these injuries are unavoidable – the good news is that many of them are by taking the proper steps to prevent injury.
Whether it’s hitting the slopes or shoveling the driveway, it’s important to understand how the the body reacts to cold weather. Similar to how the body produces sweats in the summer to stay cool, when the temperature drops, the body’s muscles and blood vessels to contract to conserve body heat resulting in a reduction in flexibility. When the body’s tight, the risk of injury increases. Dr. Adamec works with patients everyday developing warm-up, stretching, and conditioning programs to help his patients’ bodies react better to the cold. Backed by research, these custom designed programs significantly decrease the chance of injury when performing physical activities during the winter months.
Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, accidents and injuries do happen. Treating injuries as soon as possible is just as critical as taking preventative steps to avoid injury. Slipping and falling on ice can cause the vertebrae in the spine to go out of alignment, which can be very painful. Pain medication will only mask the pain – it does nothing to treat the spinal misalignment. Far too often, an acute injury like a herniated disc becomes chronic, because the underlying cause is never treated. However, a chiropractic spinal adjustment will not only treat the pain – which research has shown to be more effective at managing pain than narcotic pain medication – but it will also re-align the vertebrae which can prevent scar tissue and further damage from occurring.
Dr. Adamec takes this same approach to preexisting injuries. Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. Performing any type of outdoor physical activity during the winter months when you’re in pain can be a recipe for disaster. One minute you’re shoveling the driveway – and the next – you’re in the emergency room. Chiropractic adjustments and therapy will address these preexisting issues and put the body in proper alignment.
Call our office today to learn more about how chiropractic care can prevent and manage cold weather injury.