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Swimming injury and Chiropractic Treatment

Swimming has a reputation as a low-impact sport, ideal for the elderly and others with mobility issues. However, it is not without risks, especially for elite swimmers. Like all athletes, it is not uncommon for swimmers to over-train: professionals can swim for hours each day, and the constant repetition of the same movements can put stress on the joints, causing injuries which can lead to time away from the sport.

Common Injuries

The risk of specific injuries depends partially on which stroke is used most often – breaststrokers will tend towards different issues than backstrokers, for example. The most common swimming injuries occur in the shoulders, knees, hips, and back, shoulder being the most prevalent. However, swimmers who use the dolphin kick often tend towards lower back problems, while breaststroke can cause knee and hip problems.

Treatment and Prevention

Whether you are recovering from an injury or trying to prevent a new injury from developing, the following tips are key for safe training:

  • Be conscientious about using good stroke technique, even if you are fatigued. The majority of injuries are caused by improper form.
  • Communicate with your coach or trainer about pain, fatigue, and technique.
  • If a specific stroke is causing injury, use it as little as possible until the problem resolves.
  • Cross-train, especially if you are injured.
  • Take time away from the sport if needed.
  • Seek chiropractic treatment sooner rather than later.

While some discomfort during training is normal, if pain is persistent, it needs to be attended to. Although athletes tend to be reluctant to seek treatment, the fact is that the sooner an issue is treated, the less severe it becomes – meaning that time away is minimized.

Even swimmers who have not yet developed an injury can benefit from chiropractic treatment; a chiropractor can assess which body parts are put under the most strain, evaluate posture, and make recommendations regarding balance, posture, movement, diet, and strength. Furthermore, your chiropractor can help catch injuries as soon as they occur, and place you on a chiropractic treatment regimen immediately.

-Thank you to southeastchiro.com for this article

http://www.southeastchiro.com/blog/bid/259705/Swimming-Injury-and-Chiropractic-Treatment

 

What causes improper alignment in runners?

Major causes of improper spinal alignment include running in the same direction on the same course every day; running often slanted surfaces, such as a beach; and not replacing shoes every few hundred miles.

Fix these training errors that cause misalignment with a few simple tweaks:

  • Vary your running surface—pavement, track, asphalt, grass, dirt, wood chips—a few times a week, and you’ll naturally run on different courses.
  • Run as close to the water as possible when on the beach, as the sand tends to be more flat there.
  • Buy two of the same type of running shoes, and switch between the pairs

There’s a lot that contributes to improper spine or pelvic alignment, and sometimes it has nothing to do with running. It has to do with a day job, where you sit in one particular position all day and then go for a run. The muscles are in a state of tightness on one side and are lengthened on the other, and then you go for a run and your pelvis shifts.

Switch positions and seats, if possible, every 30 minutes during the day. Varied posture remains the best posture, according to Duke, so cross your left leg, then a half-hour later, cross your right leg; sit on top of your ankle, sit straight, and even slouch.

Try sitting on a stability ball—it challenges your abdominal muscles and allows you to rock your pelvis, which lubricates your joints. Switch between a chair and stability ball, stand, and take short walk breaks if you work in an office.

Whether you run in the morning soon after rising, or in the afternoon/evening after sitting all day at work, a proper warm-up also helps prevent injury.

Following these tips helps to prevent future misalignments of the spine but it will not correct the misalignments that already exist. In order to restore even balance to the spine and pelvis, chiropractic adjustments are necessary.

-Thank you to active.com for this article

http://www.active.com/running/articles/how-sports-chiropractors-prevent-injury-in-runners

Yoga Classes! – Stretch & De-Stress

Got Stress? Then Restorative Yoga is for you!

In restorative yoga, props are used to aid the body in reaching the best possible state of relaxation through passive yoga poses.

No yoga experience necessary. Great for beginners and trained yogis!

Sandy is a Pathways Certified Yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga for 10 years. She specializes in reducing your stress load and bringing balance to the body.

Cost: $20

Location: Denaro Chiropractic (286 Park St., North Reading)

When: Thursday, October 23 @ 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Sign Up: 978-664-1500

Mats and Props Supplied.

Space is limited to 8 people!

YOGA CAT

Patient Spotlight

We started a new monthly program called “Patient Spotlight”.
We love having you as part of our Chiropractic family and we like to brag about what you’ve got going on!

July’s Patient Spotlight:

Christian T. is celebrating his 6th year running Artists4Life, a 3-day online charity concert that bands together 40 U.S. & International Artists (musicians, poets, & more) to support the MyMusicRx program of the Children’s Cancer Association. 

The concert is July 18-20. For more information and the list of artists, follow this link: Artists4Life 

Have a milestone, event, or exciting news that we should share?

Just reach out and let us know!

drdenaro@denarochiropractic.com
978.664.1500

5 Tips for a Healthy July 4th

5 Tips for a Healthy July 4th:

Some quick tips for feeling healthy this 4th of July!

fireworks
1. Think before you drink
One sugary margarita can have 600-800 calories! Even lemonade can have over 100 calories. Stay hydrated with water. 
2. Start an active tradition
How about a morning hike, neighborhood volleyball game, or family kickball tournament?
3. Keep desserts small
The difference between a large slice of cake and small one can literally be hundreds of calories!
4. Use small plates  
Research shows that people who use smaller plates consume 50% fewer calories! 
5. Watch others
When you see someone who is limping, can’t stand for very long, or constantly rubbing their shoulders, recommend that they take action by seeing a chiropractor. Too many people are living in pain when they don’t need to be!

Happy Independence Day!

Anniversary Open House and Art Fair

We are celebrating our One Year Anniversary!Chiropractic Open House

Thank you for being a part of the Denaro Chiropractic Family! You’re invited to celebrate with us!

Save the Date: Saturday, May 31st from 1:00-4:00 PM at Denaro Chiropractic. Join us for Food, Prizes, and Health Tips. Family and friends are welcome too!

Featuring a Community Art Fair with locally made art, pottery, handcrafted wine, etc. for viewing and for sale.
Everything being showcased is handmade by our patients. If you have arts/crafts that you would like to display or sell, let us know by email or call us at 978.664.1500

Other ways to participate: Submit a “Selfie” of yourself or your family being active/healthy for our Town-Wide Healthy Living Collage. This will also be on display. Email to drdenaro@denarochiropractic.com by May 30th.

Chiropractic Gardening Tips to Prevent Back Pain

gardening back painGardening is usually one of the first activities of the season where we subject ourselves to sudden bursts of activity and really put our backs at risk. With spring in the air, you look forward to getting out in the garden but you’re not looking forward to feeling sore after all the kneeling, pulling, leaning, and twisting. After a long winter of not moving our bodies this way, it’s important to prepare your spine, joints, and muscles. Growing up on a farm in North Reading MA, yard work has been important in my family and there was never any time for a day off because of back pain.

Here are some tips to help you have a relaxing, enjoyable, and pain-free gardening season:

  • Warm Up and Stretch: As with any form of exercise, stretching must be done before and after the activity. Take a short brisk walk first to warm up your muscles and get your body in work mode. Stretching should target your back and core, shoulders and arms, and leg muscles.
  • Minimize Repetitive Motions: Don’t try to get everything done in one session. Alternating tasks is a good way to break up the repetitive motions.
  • Digging: Make sure you keep the shovel in front of you and avoid twisting motions. If you need to get to an area on the side, re-position yourself to keep the shovel in line with your body. The same goes for raking – pull the rake towards your body, not off to the sides.
  • Kneel, Don’t Bend: Use a kneeling pad to protect your knees. Make sure you actually use the pad and don’t do the work while bending. When you bend for a prolonged time, the ligaments in your back are overstretched. To avoid this from happening, keep your back straight like a plank. If you have to bend down, hinge at your hips and keep your spine straight.
  • Lifting: If you are transporting heavy pots or planters, use a wheelbarrow. When you are lifting to put them in the wheelbarrow, make sure to get the power from your legs instead of your back and never twist while holding heavy objects.
  • Rest and Hydration: Make sure you take breaks to stand up straight and stretch about every 15-30 minutes. Bring a water bottle outside with you to stay hydrated, especially on warmer days.
  • Prevention: If you find that you are still feeling sore or stiff, it is time to consider Chiropractic care. Often times, it doesn’t matter how much you warm up and stretch; if there is an underlying spinal problem, you will eventually feel the effects of it, which means it has already done some damage to your health. Don’t wait any longer!

 

Boston Strong

As I remember this day one year ago, I am grateful for all the good people in this world. The media exposes us to all the negative news that we sometimes forget all the positive, caring, and giving people around us.

One of the most positive and healing things we can do is express our gratitude. I am grateful for my health, my family and friends, this community, my profession. I am grateful for love, laughing, and nature. I am grateful to have a job where people come for healing – body, mind, and soul. I am grateful to have all these things to be grateful for! Boston Strong Chiropractor

As a thank you to all those who continue to run the Boston Marathon and keep Boston Strong, Denaro Chiropractic is giving 15% off for all runners until April 30, 2014.

This is a blog post that I wrote last year after the marathon:

As Boston and those affected by the Marathon bombings slowly get back to normal, we are surrounded by reassuring phrases like, “Boston Strong” and “Run For Boston”. While the attacks cannot be undone, it makes us remember how valuable every single day is and that we must cherish our family, friends, and health. It’s easy to simply get back into our regular routine and push the memories of that Monday morning to the back of our minds.

Just a few days ago, I was feeling lazy and contemplating if I should go for a jog or just sleep in. I started thinking about the victims who are still in the hospital with limb amputations and shattered lives. There was no way I was going to use my legs just to stay in bed. My new mantra is, “Because I Can!”

I will run because I can. I will do push ups because I can. I will work because I can. I will stand on my own two feet because I can. I will tell my family that I love them because I can. I will be in charge of my own health because I can.

This situation makes me even more proud to be a Chiropractor in Massachusetts. There is nothing better than helping people feel good to go! I want everyone to be able to run because they can! No matter what it is that is holding you back from using your two legs, two arms, and core, you have the potential to do the activities that you love. If you find yourself saying, “I can’t”, then it’s time to make your health and your body a priority. If you’re too busy or have a list of excuses, then at least do it for the people who had their health taken away from them.

We are Boston Strong. It’s time to make yourself strong, too – because you can!

Student Athlete Week

Student Athlete Week: April 7th – 11th

In honor of National Student Athlete Day (April 6th), Denaro Chiropractic is promoting healthy students by offering 50% off all chiropractic services for student athletes.

This offer includes students in all school sports and private activities (dance, gymnastics, golf, etc.)

Athletes use chiropractic care when they have:athletes chiropractor

  • recurrent injuries
  • to prevent injuries
  • pain or discomfort
  • if they seek improved performance, balance, and coordination

At Denaro Chiropractic, we work on all joints in the body including the spine. This includes knees, hips, ankles, wrists, elbows, shoulders, ribs, and the jaw.

Common athletic conditions that are seen at Denaro Chiropractic are:

 

Tendonitis

Whiplash

Sprains

TMJ

Plantar Fasciitis

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Head injuries

Carpal Tunnel


Even professional athletes recognize the benefits of regular chiropractic care. Here’s a list of just a few of them:

  • Michael Jordan
  • Tom Brady
  • Tiger Woods
  • Lance Armstrong
  • Wayne Gretzky

 

 

Nutrition Spring Cleansing

Nutrition Cleanse

If you’re like most people, you also let your healthy routine take a back seat during the frigid winter we had. We can blame it on the need to bulk up to stay warm and that it was just too cold to do anything, but there are no excuses anymore – Spring is coming!

If you feel like you need some motivation to kickstart your healthy routine again or to start a new one, join us as we discuss foods, recipes, and lifestyle tips to cleanse your body, increase your energy, and boost your metabolism!

Healthy refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring your favorite healthy recipes to share with the group. This is a Free Community Event at Denaro Chiropractic!

Tuesday, April 1

6:30-7:30PM at Denaro Chiropractic – 286 Park St., North Reading

RSVP: drdenaro@denarochiropractic.com or call 978-664-1500