If you’ve booked your skiing or snowboarding holiday this season, you’ve probably already given some thought to whether you’ve got the right gear; helmet, goggles, board, ski’s, poles etc. But have you considered whether your body is ready to make the most of those slopes?
When you’re skiing or snowboarding you move your limbs and use muscle groups in a pretty dynamic way, so to avoid straining or tearing any muscles we recommend popping along to see one of our chiropractors beforehand. They’ll help make sure your body is in good working order, suggesting a series of minor adjustments and exercises if necessary, so you’re in the best condition and less susceptible to injury when you’re putting your body through its paces on the slopes.
Skiing and snowboarding can put a strain on the back and joints, in particular knees and hips, but the good news is a simple but gentle spinal adjustment from a trained chiropractor can be really effective.
If you’ve suffered an injury on a previous ski trip, it can help to book a full evaluation with one of our chiropractors so we can understand the areas of the body which were affected and put together a treatment plan of gentle adjustments, exercises and stretches. Our focus is on the muscle groups and bones, vulnerable areas when it comes to ski or snowboarding injuries and by assessing the musculoskeletal system, we check your body isn’t out of alignment and in the best shape to make the most of your holiday.
It’s not just amateur skiers and snowboarders affected either, during the Winter Olympics chiropractors are often employed to help competitors prepare their bodies for the impact of their event or aid recovery from an injury.
Warming up reduces impact
When you do head to the slopes, remember to warm up first, just as you would for any sport, so your body is ready for the physical exertion you’re about to put it through. Be careful too, not to ski or snowboard beyond your ability, taking a run too fast, or attempting a new trick or jump can leave you worse for wear.
Don’t forget to check your equipment too, badly fitting or damaged boots, ski’s, poles or boards can cause physical problems.
Don’t suffer when you get home
If, when you get home, you start to feel like your body might be slightly out of alignment or your back is sore, just give us a call and we can arrange a consultation with one of our chiropractors. It may be an injury to the spine, but through a series of adjustments we can help get you back to normal. We’re all different though, so it does depend on your individual condition and level of pain.
Simply book an appointment with one of our chiropractors and we’ll help get you ready for the slopes. To book or for more information simply call 01590 679560, visit www.lymingtonchiro.co.uk or just pop in.