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A LITTLE SORENESS AFTER TREATMENT IS OKAY
Generally, after the start of any new sort of physical activity you may feel a little soreness. Starting chiropractic treatment can yield the same result. If you are among the roughly 30 million people who see chiropractors each year, welcome to the club.
The most common side effect of chiropractic treatment is slight soreness. Your doctor of chiropractic will start your treatment with relatively low-intensity action to minimize soreness and to acclimate your body and joints to the movement. His or her actions will gradually intensify as that acclimation process progresses. If your chiropractor prescribes an exercise program for you, that, too, will build in intensity.
It’s important that once you begin chiropractic treatment you stick to the plan and schedule that you’ve worked out with your chiropractor. Adhering to that schedule will allow for the graduated intensity of treatment that will minimize soreness. Talk with the chiropractor if you’re sore. He or she may recommend the common aid for a sore joint: treating it with ice.
Just as you should tell your regular physician that you are getting chiropractic treatment, so, too, should you tell your chiropractor about any medical conditions you have and what, if any, treatment you’re getting.
AVOID HIGH HEELS
High-heeled shoes may be one way to make a fashion statement. But it’s a risky way, any chiropractor will tell you. Excessive wear of high-heeled shoes puts not only a woman’s feet at risk, but also her knees, hips and back. It’s not just chiropractors who bemoan the perils of the high heel. Podiatrists, doctors who specialize in treatment of the foot, also have long warned against them.
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic treatment, recommends that women wear heels that are no more than two inches high. The organization also recommends that if a woman must wear high heels for a particular function or professional obligation, she should wear them for no more than two hours a day. For one thing, the gravity-defying design of the shoe interferes with the foot’s weight-bearing function and can cause strain in the lower back and the neck. In addition, the position of the foot in the shoe forces a shortening of muscles and tendon in the calf, which can cause an abnormal tension in the legs.
Your feet are the foundation on which everything else rests, so you should treat them with care. That includes wearing quality, appropriate footwear, whether it’s for work or play. Talk with your chiropractor about the right shoes for your lifestyle.
SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE
Here are some recommendations from the sports medicine experts at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois for keeping young athletes safe and healthy during their early careers. Warm up before, and cool down after, any athletic activity. A proper warm-up will generate a little sweat and a “hot” feeling. After every game or workout, stretch while you cool down. Never just walk away from an activity.
Stretching should be a slow, steady motion with no bouncing. Increase the intensity, distance or duration of training – or the amount of weight being handled – by no more than 10 percent every two weeks. Give your body a break. Always take a couple of days off per week. This gives your body time to repair itself.
Thomas J. Solecki Jr., assistant professor in the school’s Department of Clinical Sciences and team chiropractic physician for Northwestern University and Benedictine University, recommends changing up your workout schedule every four to six weeks to improve performance and avoid overuse injuries. Another tip is: Don’t use thirst as a guideline for hydration. By the time you are thirsty, Solecki says you are already more than three percent dehydrated. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily and two to three cups of fluids up to two hours before exercise. Talk with your chiropractor about how to keep your young athlete safe.