With the New Year upon us, many will make resolutions to begin work out regime toward getting in shape.   While this is a great resolution, starting a fitness regimen after an inactive period can cause problems. To avoid injury, visit your chiropractor and develop a healthy fitness plan. By receiving proper care and getting your body aligned properly, you will be in peak condition for optimal athletic functioning.  


Risks of Work Out


A quick Internet search will reveal undisputed health benefits associated with exercise.  There is no doubt of this. However, going from a sedentary lifestyle to intense exercise without preparation can place one at greater risk for injury.  Consider the following challenges that may occur at the onset of a new work out program:  


  • Muscle soreness
  • Strains or sprains
  • Bone spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Torn ligaments
  • Stress fractures


Any of these complications can lead to a prescribed period of rest to allow healing of the muscles, tendons, ligaments or bones.  


Chiropractic Care Prior to Beginning a New Work-Out Program


Even when consulting a physician to determine you are healthy enough to begin a new work-out regime, the above problems can occur.  This is why chiropractic care is critical for those moving from an inactive lifestyle to a healthy, more active one. When you spine is properly aligned, your entire muscular-skeletal system is better aligned.  Engaging in activities like walking, jogging or jumping rope require proper alignment to avoid overtaxing specific joints in the body. Your chiropractor can insure your body is in optimal condition before you begin working out to help you avoid injury.


Stretching and Activities to Promote Alignment


Your chiropractor is also able to prescribe exercise practices before and after work-outs to help you avoid injury and limit muscle soreness.  Because chiropractors have a working knowledge of how exercise affects the spine, which effects every other area of the body, these specialty doctors can offer programs to help improve range of motion and flexibility.  In addition to simple stretches, chiropractors may offer straps, bands and blocks to accommodate for conditions specific to each individual. Some patients may have more increased muscular tension than others.  Your chiropractic care team can evaluate these issues specific to you.


A New Year and a New You


Physical exercise is associated with immediate physical and mental health benefits.  Finding a healthy activity you enjoy, like hiking, biking or kayaking can be a wonderful way to build strength and endurance.  There is no doubt physical activity will help you feel physically and mentally better than a sedentary lifestyle. Committing to chiropractic care in concert with a new fitness regime will help you be more functional in your new commitment to wellness.


At Dover Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, we are dedicated to supporting your resolutions to embrace healthy activity.  Proper spinal alignment will reap lasting benefits for greater physical fitness. Let us help you with your goals. Calling today for an appointment for a free assessment to begin your wellness journey today.  2018 is your year!