There may not be a lot of snow just yet, but the cold weather is here and our thoughts are turning to the ski season. Skiing is a great sport, but it certainly comes with it’s fair share of risks. Our Chiropractors can get you into the best shape to take advantage of the snow, and help avoid injury. And if the worst happens – there are lots of things we can do to help you recover quickly.
Skiing places a great deal of strain on your body – particularly the spine, hips, knees and ankles, so it is important to be prepared. There are three key aspects to ensuring you are ski-ready:
1. Strength – the stronger you are, the more stable you are, and the less likely to injure yourself. So a good exercise routine including plenty of leg work – lunges and squats for instance – is important before you go.
2. Flexibility – relaxed muscles are flexible muscles, so it is important to maintain muscle health in the lead-up to the ski season. It is also important to remember to stretch before you ski – and start with an easy run first to get your muscles prepared for those black runs!
3. Warmth – keeping warm is not only about your fingers and toes, but keeping your muscles warm and the blood circulating reduces the likelihood of injury.
4. Rest – injuries are more likely to occur when you are fatigued, so listen to your body and take a break when you need it. Don’t risk an injury ruining your whole trip for one last run when you are tired.
The Chiropractors and Massage Therapists at Precision Health Spine & Sports Clinic can help you get in shape for ski season by recommending some specific exercises, and ensuring your muscles and joints are in tip-top shape when you head down the mountain. And if cramping is a problem for you, talk to us about supplements that will ensure your magnesium levels are optimum for muscle recovery.
And when you return we can help with any aches and pains – or injuries – you may have picked up along the way.
So get yourself in shape to enjoy the ski season this winter with a visit to Precision Health Spine & Sports Clinic!