Chiropractic and golf

Chiropractic and golfA lot of people were impatiently waiting for the nice weather in order to be able to play golf. However, before rushing to the golf course, it is important to have some knowledge to avoid some injuries that could keep you from practicing your sport.

First, many people rush to the golf course without having previously made some warmups. Why warmups are so important? Mainly because they help ensure that the muscles are ready to do the exercise and the blood supply will be sufficient in the muscles. They also ensure a proper lubrication of all the joints. To warm up, you can make some golf swings without a ball. In addition to helping your muscles, warming up allows your brain and your nervous system to remember the right way to the golf swing. You can also jump up and do a bit of jogging in place to raise your heart rate. To prepare your shoulders to the effort, you can do some rotations with your arms for 15 seconds.

In addition to warmups, there is something else you can do before playing golf: consulting your chiropractor. What is the link between chiropractic and golf do you ask? In fact, the execution of a golf swing requires a good overall flexibility, good mobility of all joints of your body, good movement coordination, good balance and a precise activation of the muscles of the legs, back and shoulders. The chiropractor is an expert of the posture and of the biomechanics of your body. Therefore, your chiropractor will be able to detect movement restrictions in some of your joints and help you fix them. This way, each joint will be able to function properly and allow you a better swing. If you have posture problems that affect your golf swing, the chiropractor will also be able to help you fix them and contribute to improving your performance. Chiropractic treatments also prevent mechanical disorders that may predispose you to injury.

You’re not a golf fan? No problem! The recommendations mentioned above apply to all sports and physical activities that you are planning to do this summer. So for an active and painfree summer, call your chiropractor immediately.

Article inspired by a text published by the Association des chiropraticiens du Québec: “Performer au golf”

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How to prevent injuries while traveling

How to avoid injuries while travelingFor this article, I decided to give a few recommendations to those of you who will have the chance to travel during the March break.

First, it is very frequent to get injured after lifting our luggages. To avoid injuries, try to lift using your legs and thighs instead of your back. The muscles in your legs are strong enough for this task compared to your back muscles. Also, remember to avoid doing any twisting movement of your back, especially if you have something heavy in your hands (your luggages). This type of movement creates a big stress on the back, especially on the small cushions (the intervertebral disc) located between the vertebrae.

If you travel by plane, it is recommended to use a pillow, a cushion or a rolled sweater to put on your lower back. This way, your back will be supported even if the seats are not comfortable. You can do the same on the beach if you use one of their lawn chairs, since this type of chair doesn’t provide much support for the lower back.

If you have enough space in your luggages, it could be a good idea to bring your own pillow. Since you can’t control the quality of the mattress you will have at the hotel, at least you will make sure to have a proper support for your neck.

For those of you traveling south, you will probably be tempted to wear scandals more than regular shoes. Be careful because some types of scandals are not providing much support for your feet and ankles. It could be a good idea to wear  a good pair of running shoes  once in a while to give your feet some rest.

Finally, there is no problem to enjoy a drink while relaxing on the beach. Just make sure to drink enough water to avoid any heat stroke or dehydration.

Happy March break to all travelers!

Chiropractic and winter sports

Chiropractic and winter sportsThis winter, even if the weather is unpredictable, some of us will practice sports like skiing or snowboarding. This article will give you a few tips to prevent you some sport-related injuries.

First, like in any other sports, it is very important to warm up before beginning to ski.  This step will make sure that your muscles are ready to perform the physical activity and will make sure that a signal is sent to your body to ensure proper blood flow in the muscles. To do so, you can go for a fast walk or you can hop up and down a few times.

Fortunately, there is more people now wearing helmet on ski hills. We evaluate to 77%* the proportion of skiers and snowboarders wearing helmet. Wearing a helmet helps to decrease cranial and cervical injuries, the two most common injuries related to skiing or snowboarding. In the past, a lot of people were hesitant about using a helmet because they were heavy, bulky and uncomfortable. However, the new generation of helmet has improved a lot. The helmets are now lighter and comfortable and they contribute to keep you warm. Consider buying one, it will be an investment for your health.

If you fall while skiing or snowboarding, it is recommended to consult a chiropractor in order for him to evaluate your spine. Don’t wait to have pain before consulting. Like any other condition, it is always easier to treat the problem when it starts instead of waiting for the condition to get worse. The chiropractor is trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting not only the spine but any joints of your body.

Have a good season!

This article is inspired by the publication: Sur les pistes, on se protège, de l’Association des chiropraticiens du Québec.