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Spring Training

With a bit of disciplined (but not difficult) preparation and thought, you should be able to start your outdoor spring training without strains, sprains, or tears. To begin, what are the differences between strains and sprains? A strain is an injury to tissue that connects muscle to bone, while a sprain is an injury to a ligament that connects bones at a joint. Both injuries share similar causes, with symptoms occurring when a muscle, tendon, or a ligament is stretched or torn. (https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/sprains-and-strains)

When winter passes and the weather begins to warm up, athletic enthusiasm or cabin-fever motivation sometimes overtakes common sense approaches to the physical transitions of our bodies between seasons. Whether you’re training for marathons, or just looking forward to leisurely hikes as soon as the weather is warm enough to ditch the multiple layers of clothing, keep these tips in mind to help avoid spring injuries that otherwise may haunt you well into the summer.

  1. Winter boots and sandals are different!  Winter footwear provides way more support for your feet and ankles.  Your feet have spent roughly six cold months in cozy, warm supported environment.   Shocking them suddenly with sandals (or similar unsupportive footwear), can lead to minor strains or more serious issues like plantar fasciitis.   Transition gently to your running shoes and other less binding daily footwear and don’t over-train on your first few days out.
  2. Shin splints, and other issues, are typically caused when physical activity is suddenly increased.  So pay particular attention to warm-up stretches that ease your calves, shins, ankles and Achilles tendon into workout routines.  Roll your foot over a foam roller or a frozen water bottle to add flexibility and ease sore arches. https://www.verywellfit.com/how-to-prevent-and-treat-shin-splints-3432863
  3. Be aware of your stride.   Ultimately, you’ll go faster by pushing off more with your back leg, so practice your pace with longer stride in back and shorter in front.
  4. Walking shoes should have flexible soles and low heels.   Running shoes should be replaced at least every 500 miles.
  5. Once you’ve eased yourself into a gentle pre-season warmup routine, you should be good to go into your full season training.  However, if something begins to hurt more than the basic soreness of training, take at least three-day break from your training routine.  If the pain isn’t alleviated after three days of rest, consider having it looked at by a professional.

Although there are cautionary measures that can be taken to prevent sprains and strains, these injuries remain purely accidental. One can be caught off guard by a fall, an unusual twist of the knee or arm, a recent injury, or by lifting heavy objects. Unfortunately, winter can lead into the spring months with injuries due to adverse weather conditions and participation in winter sports. Thankfully, there are helpful steps you can take to treat sprains and strains as you step into spring. For immediate care of minor injuries, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you try the R.I.C.E. approach – rest, ice, compression, and elevation. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sprains-and-strains/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20377943)

  • Rest – Avoid activity that causes any pressure or pain on the injured area. However, this does not mean you have to forego physical activity completely. Exercise is acceptable as long as you avoid using the affected joint or ligament.
  • Ice – Even if you intend to seek medical help, you should apply ice to the area immediately. This can be done using an ice pack or a bath of ice and water for 15-20 minutes each time, repeated every 2-3 hours while awake in the first few days post-injury.
  • Compression – Compress the injury with an elastic wrap to reduce swelling, wrapping at the farthest end from your heart. However, be careful to avoid wrapping it too tightly so that it does not inhibit circulation. Loosen the bandage if pain, numbness, or swelling occur below the wrapped area.
  • Elevation – To reduce swelling, place the injured area on a pillow in order to elevate it above the heart.

Along with these methods, over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be used to reduce pain and inflammation in strains and sprains. However, if your symptoms are moderate to severe, you may need physical therapy, or even surgery, to repair the muscle, tendon, or ligament. You can confirm a diagnosis by scheduling an appointment with a trusted medical provider. In particular, chiropractic care can be considered more cost-effective than the traditional medicine approach to spinal and joint pain.

The doctors of Fletcher Chiropractic are trained in a variety of different techniques to help serve our clients. For more information about how the doctors at Fletcher Chiropractic can help to relieve your pain, treat your condition, and improve your overall health, visit our online patient center, or contact us here.

Resolve To Have a Better Back in 2018

Every year people start making their resolutions. Some choose to save more money, to start exercising, or to hit the gym. Why not make 2018 the year of the healthy back? A lot of people complain about back pain and then do nothing about it. Here are a few tips to get your back into shape and eliminate back pain in 2018:

Ergonomics

One of the top things you can do for your back health is to set up an ergonomic workstation. Sitting all day is bad for your back, so sitting up straight, changing positions frequently, and getting up and walking around is essential for a healthy back. When sitting make sure your feet are flat on the floor, knees and hips level, sit up and keep the spine straight, adjust any computer screen to be at eye level and keep your monitor at arm’s length. 

Stay active

Staying active is key to having a healthy back and a healthy life. Make a point to exercise at least 30 mins a day, 3 times a week.

Watch your mobile device usage

With smartphones and tablets, more and more people are complaining about neck and back pain. This is because people are constantly looking down at their phones! When possible, sit up when using mobile devices and keep them at chest or eye level. This will prevent neck and back strain from staring down all day.

Hold your kids correctly!

When you have small kids, they always want to be held. While they seem small they can be surprisingly heavy and put stress on your body! When picking up your kids bend and waist, and lift with your legs, not your back (sound familiar?). If you carry your child on one side with one arm, alternate sides frequently to avoid straining one side of your body. If your baby is still breastfeeding or bottle feeding, prop a pillow under your arm for comfortable feeding times.

Make 2018 the year you have a healthy back! If you get chiropractic care and stick to some of these simple guidelines, you will be amazed how great your back will feel, and as a result, your whole body will feel amazing!

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