Healthy Living

Chiropractors Can Help With Sports Injuries

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Your chiropractic specialist is without a doubt able to treat and care for injuries, aches and pains related to a variety of illnesses and accidents. What you may not know is that chiropractors also provides preventative care for individuals and families. This time of year a lot of sports related injuries take place. If you're an athlete or prefer to spend time outdoors even if you aren't exercising, then here are some tips to consider to stay safe while outside: Stay Hydrated. One of the leading causes of injuries or illness brought on either by too much heat, sun or activity is dehydration. Dehydration can lead to cramping and heat exhaustion but when your body isn't getting enough liquid you just can't function optimally and that's when injuries occur. Watch for Hazardous Conditions. It may be extreme heat, icy roads, pot holes or gusty winds, but being aware of your surroundings will better equip you to participate more mindfully in your activities. Often outdoor injuries occur when we slip into a less than aware state, where our bodies are present, but our mind is distant and we misstep and fall. It's important to remain aware when you are active anywhere, but more so outdoors because of the possibility of injury. Be Well Equipped. If you have children, it's a no-brainer to have them wear their helmets while biking; knee, wrist and elbow pads if skateboarding; shin guards and proper footwear if playing soccer and so on. We wouldn't send our kids into an activity without being properly armored, so why do we expect less of ourselves? Adults have a tendency to believe they'll see when danger is coming and be able to avoid it or land gracefully, but hospital records indicate quite the contrary. If you're going to participate in an activity where safety equipment is available, then you should take advantage of it. There are more ways to get injured than we could ever imagine possible. Being cautious, doing some minor planning and fully participating in your activity will make it enjoyable and safer all year around.