We all have a few bad behaviors we wish we’d kick, but did you know sports chiropractors have a few habits they wish their patients would break, too? Even if your health is important to you, it’s very possible you are doing at least one thing that puts your back, and overall health, at risk. Read through our list of common poor practices and find out what you can do to improve your wellbeing.
1. Wearing Bad Shoes
Your feet are a vital part of your overall health. If you choose shoes for looks rather than support, as many people do, you aren’t doing yourself any favors in the long run. Especially if you are active, having supportive shoes that fit your foot properly are vital. Some specialists even claim that many injuries start when a person doesn’t wear the right shoes for their feet.
2. Poor Posture
Many things can cause bad posture. It could be working at a desk all day and hunching over paperwork or a computer screen, a bad desk chair, carrying a heavy purse, or sitting lopsided in chairs. Regardless of the how or the why, bad posture can negatively affect your back health, and cause even more problems.
3. Static Stretches Before a Workout
Contrary to popular belief, static stretches before a run or other type of workout can actually take away from your muscle power. Your muscles aren’t yet warm, so stretching them can slow you down and even lead to small injuries which could lead to more serious issues. Dynamic stretches, ones that warm up your muscles and get your blood flowing, are far more beneficial, and safer.
4. Foam Rollers
The phrase “good in moderation” is perfect for this particular issue. While using foam rollers can work out knots and refresh muscles, too much can actually cause more damage. If it starts getting too painful, you probably aren’t just working blood into the area, you might just be hurting muscles. Use moderation, and only use a foam roller for a minute or two after a hard workout, when you feel problem areas that need a little extra work. If you feel a spot hurting more after time, don’t use the roller.
5. Failing to Communicate with Your Doctor
If you have an issue, don’t keep quiet. Some patients feel shy about giving their chiropractor their opinion because they aren’t a doctor, but if you have a problem area, speak up. Athletic people understand their bodies better than most, because they are constantly pushing and working them. If you notice something changing, even if it seems minor, tell your doctor. It could help them help you.
6. Refusing to Seek Help
When you notice a pain or problem that exercise, stretching, or rest, alone won’t fix, don’t wait to seek help. Trying to push through pain is all well and good when you’re dealing with tired or sore muscles, but not when your body has an injury that needs attention. Take care of yourself and see a chiropractor for help before your underlying issue has time to get worse.
Whether you’re experiencing back pain, joint issues, or pain from an old knee injury, our facilities can help. We offer chiropractic care, sports medicine, pain management, as well as many other treatment options for whatever pain or injury you are dealing with.
Contact Manhattan Sports Therapy to discuss your medical issue, and schedule an appointment to see one of our trained chiropractors.