Spinal Safety

Stay in the Game

  • by onRoute
  • Mar 31, 2015
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Swimming is a popular activity, particularly as people visit beaches and local swimming pools this summer. If you have experienced lower back or hip problems in the past, the type of swimming stroke you choose is important in order to avoid putting undue stress on the body. For example, side and backstrokes are better than front strokes.

Running can exert five times a person's body weight on the feet and ankles. This force travels up the legs, through the hips to the spine and head, potentially causing muscle, joint and back pain. You must take measures to protect yourself; otherwise, your joints, cartilage and other connective tissue can get damaged - leading to arthritis or worse. Be sure to wear properly fitting running shoes that have good cushion and avoid running on hard surfaces.

Take advantage of nature's beautiful sights. Hiking is a way to experience the great outdoors while giving your body a good workout. But walking for long periods of time on uneven terrain presents the opportunity for injury and fatigue. Wear comfortable shoes with proper traction and use a walking stick to take some of the pressure off your body.

Sports is a favourite pastime for adventure lovers everywhere - from bicycle riding and swimming to football, baseball and volleyball, outdoor activities can put a great deal of strain on your spine.

Biking is another great form of exercise. It is easier on the knees than running and hiking; however, you can still injure your back if you're not careful. Adjust the bike so it fits your body and periodically shift your neck to loosen your muscles.

Your chiropractor can identify and correct any weaknesses or imbalances and can provide you with exercises to help improve your athletic performance. Taking a few moments to evaluate how you are performing your activities this summer will go a long way in preventing injuries. Now get out there and have some fun!