It’s finally been feeling like summer! Que up the block parties, barbeques, and pool days. But just because vacation days are here doesn’t mean it’s time to take a break from our spinal health! While swimming is refreshing, it is also a great way to take care of your spine this summer. It puts little to now stress on the back and a great low-impact option. Swimming is great for every age and experience level. But what other links are there between swimming and chiropractic care?
Water and Stress
In some cultures, water is thought of as being therapeutic. It alters the tension that gravity places on our bodies. Water also helps the body to relax. Water exercises are often recommended to those who suffer from back issues. This is because they help to reduce the impact that joints and spine feel when done on the hard ground.
You may have heard swimming regarded to as a low-impact sport. When on land, low-impact exercises usually mean that one foot is always on the ground. However, when in water, all movement becomes low-impact. Water also naturally provides resistance than can strengthen muscles without the strains of weightlifting. Try a water-based class if you are looking to build strength while avoiding back pain.
Increased Physical Endurance
Research has shown that swimming is one of the best total body workouts a person can do. A benefit many aim to achieve is increased physical endurance. The increased resistance allows for muscles to build, all while promoting a constant flow of aerobic breath. If you suffer from back pain, water therapy may be an option to help you correct posture and built proper muscle.
Swimming and Chiropractic Care
And while swimming is low-impact, that doesn’t mean you are immune to injury. Constant repetitive motion can cause joints to become stressed and ultimately become injured. The most common swimming injuries affect the shoulders, knees, hips, and back. Shoulders are the most common as it undergoes a wide range of motion during the act. The tendons and ligaments feel stress, wear, and inflammation after continuous rounds of repeated use.
There are things you can do to prevent injuries as much as possible. Try these tips for safe swimming this summer:
- Do your best to always use proper stroke techniques – improper form is the leading cause of swim-related injuries
- If a specific stroke is causing you pain, avoid it as much as possible until the pain subsides
- Don’t push yourself if you are suffering, take the breaks you need in order to recover
- If you work with either a chiropractor or trainer, talk to them immediately about any issues or concerns
Swimming and Chiropractic Care with Zock
Swimmers with or without injuries can all benefit from chiropractic care. A chiropractor can determine what parts of your body are under the most amounts of stress. They can also recommend exercises regarding balance, posture, and movement.
Dr. Zock would love to discuss your concerns in regard to resetting your health. Her vast knowledge of natural supplementation and body processes make her a great guide in helping you make the best choices for your body. Contact our office in Cranberry today to schedule an introductory chiropractic treatment session. We can discuss your gut health concerns and needs as part of my initial chiropractic workup for you as a new patient to our practice!