Hitting the slopes is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and stay physically active during the winter months. However, the repetitive movements from skiing and snowboarding, coupled with the potential for high impact falls and collisions may result in acute or chronic pain.
Skiing and snowboarding place a lot of negative pressure on the body’s joints. The constant downward force, paired with the starting and stopping motion can lead to joint inflammation and misplacement. These types of issues call for the help of a chiropractor to restore the body’s natural resting state.
A day on the mountain might leave a skier or snowboarder with a variety of injuries such as:
- Knee pain
- Back injury
- Neck tightness
- Skier’s thumb
- Hip discomfort
All of these injuries involve the body’s relationship between joint placement, muscle tightness, and inflammation. Through a variety of treatment options, a chiropractor can help speed up recovery time, alleviate pain, and help the body return to a healthy state… and get you back on the ski lift.
How A Chiropractor Can Help Skiers & Snowboarders
Chiropractic care is focused on restoring the central nervous system’s proper balance, and improving the communication between nerve endings. Often when an injury occurs, such as a lower back injury, muscles tighten up and the spine may shift and become displaced. This results in nerve receptors telling the central nervous system that something is wrong — leading to pain or discomfort.
When the body is able to return to proper bone/muscle positioning and reduce inflammation, then the central nervous system can once again function correctly. Through a variety of joint manipulation methods such as the Diversified technique, Gonstead technique, Activator technique, Flexion-distraction, and others, a chiropractor can realign the spine to proper positioning, improve muscle contractility, and help minimize swelling.
This care leads to:
- Improved joint mobility
- Decreased degeneration of the joints and connective tissues
- Increased energy, vitality, and improved sleep
- Enhanced blood flow
- A positively stimulated immune function
Chiropractic care is non-invasive and helps promote quick recovery. This sustainable course of treatment is a safe and effective way for skiers and snowboards to receive “regular maintenance” or to fix acute problems that may occur from a weekend on the slopes.
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