Repeated stresses can lower the efficiency of the musculoskeletal system, alter proper movement in the joints or reduce the elasticity of muscles and tendons, producing strain of ligaments and irritation of nerves. It is possible that you may have ignored the signs of tiredness or even pain carrying on with your sport for too long without treatment, now to find yourself with a chronic injury.
Injury is not the only problem for professionals or amateur athletes. Many find that they reach a limit in their performance, not being able to improve further, however hard training they put in. This is why so many top athletes consult chiropractors to help them improve the functional efficiency of their body. Whether it is a previously undetected spinal mechanical problem, or years of poor body mechanics, the resulting injury could potentially signal the end of a sporting career. Whether you are an amateur sports enthusiast or a professional athlete, your body is prone to the same kind of injuries. It is common for Chiropractors to see athletes with:
- Hamstring and calf strains
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Groin and thigh sprains
- Neck and lower back pain
- Shoulder injuries
- Tennis elbow
Chiropractic care aims at correcting the underlying cause of the problem, rather than just the symptoms. The Chiropractor will perform a full evaluation of the functional state of the body, he will ask you questions regarding the details of your daily and sporting activities, your posture, lifestyle and habits. He will then apply the necessary adjustments, in order to mobilize stiff joints or free any compressed nerves. This effective treatment is generally painless, although you may occasionally feel some short-term discomfort around the injured area. Treatment will normally be followed by a rehabilitation program to strengthen the muscles, improve your flexibility and prevent future flare-ups.
Chiropractic treatment aims at restoring normal function to joints, muscles and nerves, but may also increase body control, co-ordination and muscle strength.
Stretch of the Month
Upside-Down Relaxation Stretch
Forget counting sheep. Ease your way into dreamland with this five-move stretch. The moves will relax your body and mind, but the best part is that you can do them all in bed!
- Sit facing a wall (or your headboard) with your bottom about 6 inches away from it.
- Lie back and extend your legs up the wall.
- If this is too intense a stretch for your hamstrings, slide your bottom farther away from the wall.
- If it’s not enough, scoot closer.
- Let your arms rest by your sides, palms facing up, and breathe gently, feeling the stretch in the backs of your legs.
Fresh v Frozen Foods
There is much confusion in the nutritional value of one aspect of our life of convenience – fresh vs frozen. Fresh is always best, however, there are times when frozen can actually take the lead. Fresh fruits and vegetables are best eaten at first pick. A home grown vegetable patch is the best option of all. When it comes to vegetables, the longer the produce lies on the shelf, the more nutrients they tend to lose. Frozen fruits and vegetables are harvested at the peak of their season, blanched and are then snap frozen preserving the nutrients at the same time. Markets are another way to get your fresh vegetables with reassurance they have not been kept in store rooms therefore protecting their nutrient content.