When it comes to winter sports, nothing compares to the popularity, health benefits, and fun of skiing and snowboarding. As with most thrilling sporting activities, there is always present a risk of injury to be mitigated with preventative measures. One such measure are preventative chiropractic visits.
As with all sports, your back and spine are integral to your ability to perform. When these extremely important areas are not functioning at an optimal level, your body will subconsciously compensate for the slight changes and you will begin to ski or snowboard differently. Seeing as this minute difference often goes unnoticed, you are now at risk for injury as your posture, stance, or riding style is not in its natural position.
To prevent this, it is important to visit your chiropractor regularly, not just when there seems to be an issue. Even the slightest misalignment can have an enormous impact on your ability to ski or ride your best. When you're not riding your best, you are at risk.
If you're an avid skier or snowboarder who visits the slopes several times a week, you should be paying particular attention to your spinal health with regularly scheduled chiropractic checkups at least every few weeks. Remember, it is not ideal to be participating in heavy activity within a few hours of an adjustment, so schedule your visits accordingly!
For those folks who make only a few large ski trips per year, and who do not normally visit a chiropractor, it is important to get checked out a few weeks prior to your big trip. Some adjustments can take several visits to be effective, and you will certainly want to be as healthy as possible during your vacation to the mountains. Ideally, you will also visit your chiropractor after your slope-side holiday as well to ensure that your spine is still in tip top shape.
Remember, you can't prevent every mishap on the slopes, but you can do your due diligence when it comes to preventing your spinal health getting in the way. When it's time to head to the mountains, book an appointment at Oliver Chiropractic Wellness Clinic in Edmonton by calling 780-455-2112!