Sprain and Strain Injuries - Prevention is the best Medicine
A sprain is an injury to a ligament - the thin pieces of avascular connective tissue that connect a bone to a bone. A strain is an injury to a muscle - tearing of the fibers within the muscle itself. Sprains and strains often occur at the same time, both tissues being damaged in the same injury. They are very common, especially in active individuals. However, they can also occur on a daily basis by activities such as improper lifting technique or twisting an ankle. Virtually all professional sports teams employ a chiropractic physician that attends sporting events and assesses the athletes for condtions like these. He/she will also often perform chiropractic adjustments to restore proper joint motion and improve therefore the athlete's performance. There are a number of precautions that can be taken to help you avoid these injuries. Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself:
1. If you are an active individual, be sure that you warm up and cool down properly before engaging in heavy physical activity. Working out hard with muscles that have not been warmed up properly is very dangerous and a number of injuries can be prevented by taking just a few minutes before each workout to warm up the muscle. This can be done by dynamic stretching, a few minutes of slow jogging, or other low intensity activity proir to the more intense workout.
2. Regular chiropractic care is a great way to keep joints healthy and moving properly. There is a reason why virtually all major athletes receive regular chiropractic care. By allowing for improved range of motion, the body is able to move and function the way it was designed to, decreaseing the risk for injury.
3. Stay hydrated! Especially in Florida, staying properly hydrated is an absolute must! If you plan to spend more than a few minutes performing moderate to high intensity physical activity, be sure to choose a beverage that has some electrolytes in it to rehydrate with! We lose a lot of sodium and potassium through our skin when we sweat and replenishing these nutrients is essential for proper muscle function. If we lose too many and don't replenish them, we may end up with muscle cramping which can increase the chances of injury.
Think you may be suffering from a sprain/strain injury? Visit our Daytona Beach office today for your free consultation with Dr. Fleming to see if we can assist you with a speedy recovery!
Dr. Alesha Fleming
Natural Health and Wellness Chiropractic, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL