Adamec Chiropractic News
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.
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.
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.
We all feel those increasing aches and pains associated with getting older. We should not, however, let them limit our activities. As the saying goes, life is too short. There are many ways to combat this. Eating right, staying active and living a generally healthy lifestyle are just a few. As challenging as it may be to stay active as we age, it is so important to embrace aging as a gift and reciprocate by making the most of it.
Everyone knows that eating well elongates our lives and keeps us healthy. While that is true, it is also true that it takes a combination of factors to maximize our health and well being. Diet and exercise are a couple of ways one can take control of their own health. There are other ways to increase your quality of life. Along with a healthy diet, an active lifestyle as well as regular visits to the chiropractor can help you stay your best self at any age.
Chiropractic care has repeatedly been shown to increase not only the range of motion in the spine, but also in the extremities. Increasing one’s range of motion can positively affect one’s life in many ways. For some, it’s the ability to pick up their grandchildren with more ease. For others, it’s the ability to walk a little farther, garden a little longer or sleeping more soundly.
Injuries due to falling are extremely common in the senior population. Falling can, of course, lead to serious injury. Once an injury occurs, a chiropractor can help. What few realize, however, is that regular visits to the chiropractor can greatly reduce the risk of falls by administering regular chiropractic adjustments.
Whatever the goal is, be it to run a 5K or simply to have the ability to give the best piggy back ride, we are very much in control of our own health and bodies. It is important to utilize every tool one has at their disposal to live as their best selves and take advantage of everything this short life has to offer.
Although pinched nerves are quite common, they can also be very painful, and many don’t seek the care they should to deal with the problem. Plain and simple – a pinched nerve is a signal that something is wrong. This can be caused by poor posture, sitting for extended periods of time, lifting heavy objects, or just moving in an awkward way. Too often, patients just deal with the pain and wait for it to go away on its own, and too often, this leads to more severe issues down the road. However, that doesn’t have to be the case.
First, it’s important to understand that treating symptoms when they start is critical in preventing chronic issues from developing down the road. Nerve pain can lead to nerve damage. Once the damage is done, treatment options start to narrow. In many cases, this leads to surgery, which can be painful, and far too often, ineffective. That’s why with chiropractic care we aim to treat the problem – and not just treat the symptoms. Even in mainstream medicine, the strategy is typically to manage the pain with medication, not actually addressing the underlying cause.
This is where chiropractic care takes a different approach. We want to address the underlying issues at hand. Again, a pinched nerve is a signal that something isn’t right, and our completely safe, non-invasive techniques work to address the cause of the pinched nerve, and prevent long term health issues down the road. Treatment options vary from patient to patient and can include massage techniques, changes in nutrition, decompression techniques, and personalized exercise routines.
So if you are suffering from nerve pain, call our office today to find out how Adamec Chiropractic can help.