Winter is coming to the Pacific Northwest, with the temperature getting colder and ice starting to form. In fact, many people have started to break out the skiing and snowboarding equipment for trips up to the slopes. Unfortunately, winter is a common time for injuries that may require chiropractic care.
At Petett Chiropractic, we would like to pass on some tips that can best prepare you for winter fun.
Tip #1: Don’t Forget to Stretch and Hydrate
Always remember to appropriate stretches before engaging in any physical activity. It’s best to consider the activity that you’ll be doing, and then think about which parts of the body will be most affected by it. The likelihood of an injury is always reduced if your muscles are properly warmed up.
Also, be sure to drink plenty of water. Dehydration can lead to tight muscles which can then result in an injury. The American Chiropractic Association recommends doing lunges for ice skating, knee-to-chest stretches for sledding and squats for skiing and snowboarding.
Tip #2: Be Cautious When Shoveling
In the Renton and Seattle area, we typically receive several bouts of snow during the winter season. In order to keep their homes and driveways cleared, shoveling snow may be a necessary activity for many homeowners.
Here are a few tips for shoveling to help prevent injury:
- Make sure that your shovel is the appropriate size for you, so you don’t have to over exert yourself to compensate.
- Remember to lift with your legs, never your back. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work.
- Go slowly. If you work quickly, you increase the likelihood of slipping and falling. If you reduce your speed, you will also not get tired as fast.
- Don’t twist your body when shoveling. Push the snow directly in front of you and walk it to the snow back.
If you experience any sharp pains in your back, neck or shoulders, don’t ignore it. You should also stop shoveling if you notice shortage of breath or have chest pain. These could be signs of a serious condition that may need to be treated by a medical professional.
Tip #3: Check Your Equipment Before Hitting the Slopes
Properly maintained equipment is a huge difference in preventing an injury. Don’t wait until you get to the slopes to find out that your binding is broken on your ski. Inspect all your gear before leaving the house to make sure that there is no damage that could put you at further risk.
Tip #4: Wear Plenty of Layers
Many people spend time outdoors in the winter whether it be working, traveling or for some fun with the family. Be sure to wear appropriate outdoor clothing, such as wind-resistant jackets, mittens and scarves. Having layered clothing will help you stay limber, along with keeping you nice and warm. Cold temperatures can cause joint problems to intensify, resulting in pain and aches.
Schedule an Appointment at Petett Chiropractic
Here at Petett Chiropractic, our Renton chiropractors want to help you feel and perform your best. We have a number of different options and are focused on providing you with a comprehensive, preventative plan to fit your unique needs. Give your Renton Chiropractors at Petett Chiropractic a call today at (425) 277-2225 to set up an appointment. No one can stop winter from coming, but if you following these suggestions, you will be ready for it when it comes.
For additional blog posts on chiropractic care, check out:
Joint Pain from the Change in Weather
Stopping Winter Weather From Taking a Toll