Exercise plays a significant role in helping a person remain healthy and happy. Regular exercise also helps to prevent a number of diseases, improves mood and increases energy levels.
Unfortunately, exercise-related injuries often sideline individuals looking to remain active. Some of the most common exercise injuries include:
- Pulled or strained muscles
- Overuse or overexertion injuries
- Inflammation or pain under the knee cap (runner’s knee)
- Inflammation of the tissues on the bottom of the foot (plantar fasciitis)
- Inflammation or irritation of the tendons in the arms or elbows (tennis elbow)
- Pain on the front of the calf (shin splints)
Thankfully, chiropractic care is a great way to get back in the exercise game following an injury, allowing you to continue to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle. This is true no matter what your age or fitness level.
At Zurek Chiropractic, we know that most sports injuries are related to musculoskeletal issues. While some injuries can be treated with just rest, ice, compression and elevation, others may require chiropractic care to combat pain and reduce inflammation. Dr. Zurek, a chiropractor in the Omaha area, can perform adjustments and other treatment that will help aid the recovery process.
Through the use of arm, leg, neck and spine adjustments, chiropractors help increase blood flow to the affected area and help to align the bones surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons to reduce tension on the injury. These adjustments not only speed recovery, they also increase the flexibility of joints in the long term.
Of course, prevention is always the best option when it comes to exercise injuries. Here are just some of the ways to make sure that you avoid succumbing to an exercise-related injury in the first place.
- Start slow. Give your body the time to adjust. Begin by exercising one or two non-consecutive days a week, gradually increasing the frequency and intensity of your workouts. This will help to prevent muscles tears and repetitive stress injuries.
- Warm up. Aim for approximately 10 minutes of warm up before you begin exercising. Muscles that have been warmed up are less likely to tear. If you are doing resistance training, pay special attention to warming up your ankle, hip, knee, shoulder and wrist joints.
- Stretch. Stretching muscles and joints before and after exercise will help to relax tight muscles and improve flexibility over time. Never bounce when you str4. etch and take care to breathe deeply while stretching.
- Don’t go it alone. Consult with a trainer before using equipment or free weights. This allows you to avoid injury and see better results.
Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, exercise-related injuries can still happen. While many people are tempted to mask the pain with medication, chiropractic care is a safer and much more effective option.