Running Strong

Running Strong

Running Strong

 

While I was driving around town this weekend, I noticed more and more runners are pounding the pavement while the summer heat slowly dwindles away. As fall moves in, it is time for our local athletes to lace up their shoes and head out to enjoy a much cooler workout. While our afternoons still tip the scales above 80 degrees, our mornings and evenings are providing an important respite to those looking to enhance their health, through running.

With this influx of runners, I thought it important to mention an article I recently read on PlanetChiropractic.com. The article points out a number of facts about long distance running and chiropractic care. The most important of those facts are as follows:

“An informal survey of Olympic athletes showed doctors of chiropractic to be the most popular of all health care providers. These super performers know that part of training ‘smart’ means maintaining an alignment that is absolutely necessary for high performance. There is a growing body of scientific research that proves chiropractic helps athletic agility, balance, reaction time and power.”

“Runners stand to benefit the most from chiropractic because of the grueling nature of the sport and its potentially detrimental affects on the joints of the foot, knees and hips. Just like tires can wear out quickly on a poorly aligned front end, the human body breaks down when it’s out of alignment. When this happens, it is called arthritis and can become permanent without care.”

Given the nature of running and the stress it places on the body, it is important to make sure that the body is given every tool available to both keep you properly aligned and ensure you can recover and heal properly before your next run. For anyone who has ever “overdone it” while trying to get back into their running regimen, you know that pain it can cause. The symptoms can continue cause you grief until you give your body proper time to recover.

Chiropractic is an important tool in making sure your body is properly aligned. With each step of your morning run, you are placing up to three times the weight of your body on your spine, hip, leg and foot.Without proper alignment, your bones and muscles may not be able to minimize the force and vibration that each step brings to your internal frame work, leaving you with soreness and possibly leading to more serious problems.

It is important to remember that our daily run is not over when we set foot back on our front porch.Well beyond the end of a run, your body is utilizing nervous system function to repair and restore the bones and muscles that were placed into action during your run. This important process can be hampered if your spinal bones are misaligned and it can place pressure on the nerves that are carrying vital messages to your body. This pressure can limit the function of those nerves traveling out of the spine from the spinal cord, reducing your ability to heal properly.

Chiropractic is a two-fold attack on problems that can develop within the body from high stress activities. Not only does it help keep us in line to reduce the problems associated with an activity such as running, but it also allows us less down time, since our body is free of hindrances that could slow down the healing process.

 

18 hole health tips

18 Hole Health Tips

18 hole health tips

 

It is that time of the year again. Time to dust off your clubs, dig out your golf shoes, and hope your score card looks as good as the last one you filled out last Fall. This year, maybe you are hoping to knock a couple of strokes off your handicap or finally sink the putt that beats your boss for the first time.

As you prepare yourself for another season out on the links, I ask that you think about your long term health and the outlook that better health and wellness could be your ticket to a lower score this year. It is for this reason that we should examine the relationship between your local Chiropractor and your birdie attempt on the back nine.

As Tiger Woods has said, ““…lifting weights and seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis has made me a better golfer. I’ve been going to Chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.” It is also important to remember that we are speaking of one of the most legendary golfers in history, capable of picking any type of health care on the planet. So, why choose chiropractic?

The answer is simple, greater performance and coordination by allowing the nervous system to function as it is supposed to function. The philosophy of chiropractic is simple, but you must possess the knowledge of how the body functions before you can truly appreciate the benefit to your overall health and wellness.

As you may very well already know, the spine serves to protect your spinal cord and is made up of 24 bones called vertebrae. The spinal cord transmits vital electrical messages from the brain, through the spinal cord, and out to all the tissues, organs, and cells of the body. This process also happens in reverse, and important messages follow these nerve pathways back to the brain. The main purpose of this nervous system is to coordinate all activity in the body. Without these important messages making there way from body to brain, you could not function.

When we look at the bones of the spine, each spinal bone has small holes where nerves enter and exit from the spinal cord. When these bones are out of place, called a subluxation, pressure can be placed on the nerves entering and exiting those holes. This pressure on the nerves can interrupt the vital messages that are being transferred to and from the brain, decreasing function in the body and leading to all sorts of health problems.

The entire purpose of chiropractic care is to analyze and correct these subluxations that can take place in the spine with a physical adjustment, therefore increasing overall nerve function and allowing the vital messages to travel through the nervous system. Subluxations can happen in any number of ways.Whether it is stress at work, physical exertion, or a spinal trauma, subluxations decrease the brains ability to receive messages and communicate to the body.

Given that a golf stroke is a very foreign movement for the body to make, especially in a consistent manner as presented in a round of golf, the simple stress of swinging a club can lead to subluxations as the body attempts to compensate for your activity. Once you become subluxated, the nervous system can no longer function at its peak level if pressure is being placed on your nerves, creating inconsistencies in motor function and coordination.

This is where your chiropractor steps in to assess and alleviate subluxations in your spine that may hold you back from your optimal performance level. By adjusting the segments of bone in your spine that are creating difficulties within the nervous system, a chiropractor can make sure that those important nerve messages are making it to your body unhindered.

So the next time you top a normally easy shot, fail to bring your hands through your stroke, or send your ball two fairways over, it may be time to ask yourself if chiropractic may help your game this season!