man and woman in golf cartSpring has arrived! All of us here at The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury are excited for this season of renewal. As the weather gets warmer and flowers start to bloom, it’s the perfect time to focus on our health.

After months of being stuck indoors, many of us are eager to get back to our favorite outdoor activities. Yet, it’s important to be patient with our bodies to avoid injury.

In the springtime, injuries often occur as the result of jumping back into yardwork or being a “weekend warrior” – participating in strenuous physical activity in your spare time. Here’s what you should know to protect and keep your body healthy.

What Is a Weekend Warrior?

Many people spend their workweek at a desk in an uncomfortable or unsupportive chair. Evenings are often spent at the dinner table, then unwinding on the couch. Sitting for long periods of time compresses the spine, which can lead to back pain or degenerative disc disease. Sedentary living also slows blood circulation, which can increase heart attack risk.

Once the weekend arrives, you finally have time to get moving outside of your office walls. Yet when you’re inactive for most of the week, your body may not be adequately prepared for physical labor or activity. As a result, you could experience an injury or soreness. To help prevent weekend warrior injuries:

  • Try not to save all your exercise for the weekend. Even a daily walk can get your blood pumping!
  • Always warm up before a workout. Dynamic stretches help prepare your muscles for what they’re about to endure.
  • Set realistic goals. If you have not properly trained, don’t push too hard in your preferred sport or activity.
  • Do not overstrain yourself. Mix up your activity schedule to focus on strengthening different areas of the body.
  • Listen to your body. If you feel pain, stop the activity right away.

Additionally, regular chiropractic treatment can improve flexibility, strength and your body’s ability to perform with decreased risk of injury.

Getting Back On the Green

Golf is a popular spring sport that attracts people of all ages. Before dusting off your clubs for a couple rounds on a warm day, it’s important to prepare your body for the activity.

Did you know a golf swing exerts up to 10 times your body weight on the spine? When executed poorly, teeing off can lead to injury. To help perfect your swing, make sure the movement comes from your hips, rather than your back, and that you have good posture.

Fortunately, chiropractors are posture experts! We can help ensure you maintain a proper stance while you swing and keep your spine aligned with regular adjustments.

Preparing for Yard Work

When it’s time to do yardwork, your body might not be ready to take on the challenge after a long workweek. Many spring home maintenance tasks are repetitive, working muscles that may have been dormant during winter.

As these muscle groups become overworked, the body has to compensate in other areas to get the job done. For instance, your lower back might take over when the legs are fatigued and this undue stress can lead to pain.

While homeowners may be anxious to get the lawn and garden prepped or bring out patio furniture, rushing through these tasks can result in elbow, shoulder, neck and low back injuries. Before you start working:

  • Warm up with a stretching routine
  • Use ergonomic tools to help protect the arms, shoulder and back
  • Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated
  • Stretch the muscles back out afterwards

Seeking Chiropractic Care

The spine houses the central nervous system, which controls all parts of the body. As such, a misalignment can affect us from head to toe. Chiropractors are expertly trained to assess, diagnose and treat spinal conditions, as well as prevent future injuries.

At The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury, we use a variety of techniques to help the whole body perform optimally. If you’ve experienced an injury, we’ll perform a thorough physical exam to identify the cause of your pain and recommended a treatment plan.
 
Regular chiropractic care helps to maintain the integrity of the body’s core systems, so you can enjoy the spring season pain-free! To make an appointment, contact us today.

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Skip Gilman
"I just finished my 30 session program and went over my x-rays with Dr. Wade. The improvement in my scoliosis shown in the x-rays was remarkable and corresponded with the greater mobility and wellbeing I have been experiencing. Dr. Wade is very professional and always willing to answer questions and address specific concerns. I highly recommend him."
Austin Lyons
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Beth Melzen
"I just finished my 30 session program and went over my x-rays with Dr. Wade. The improvement in my scoliosis shown in the x-rays was remarkable and corresponded with the greater mobility and wellbeing I have been experiencing. Dr. Wade is very professional and always willing to answer questions and address specific concerns. I highly recommend him."
Austin Lyons
"Dr. D has been providing an integrative approach to the health and well being of my family for over 25 years. He is not only a highly skilled practitioner, but is a compassionate and caring person, not only to his patients but to the community.
Susan Keane
"Such a great experience in understanding and learning how to treat my chronic pain! The office staff is wonderful, informative and empathetic! Dr. D is also invested in making you to your best self! They found a convert here!"
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Kyle Maglio
"I started my chiropractic journey a few weeks before having my 3rd baby. They were amazing, patient and gentle during the pregnancy. They weren't pushy when I took my time, post pregnancy, to come back. They were amazing with my schedule and did everything to work with me. I felt so comfortable with them that I brought my new born baby and my 3 year old in to get adjusted!"
Candace Lozowski
"Our family has been clients since 1994 and since 2005, we have been one of his long distance clients moving to New Hampshire! We have continued with monthly adjustments as he is truly The Best of The Best!"
Skip Gilman
"I started my chiropractic journey a few weeks before having my 3rd baby. They were amazing, patient and gentle during the pregnancy. They weren't pushy when I took my time, post pregnancy, to come back. They were amazing with my schedule and did everything to work with me. I felt so comfortable with them that I brought my new born baby and my 3 year old in to get adjusted!"
Candace Lozowski
"I started my chiropractic journey a few weeks before having my 3rd baby. They were amazing, patient and gentle during the pregnancy. They weren't pushy when I took my time, post pregnancy, to come back. They were amazing with my schedule and did everything to work with me. I felt so comfortable with them that I brought my new born baby and my 3 year old in to get adjusted!"
Candace Lozowski
"Great experience! Our whole family goes and we have referred other family members. Dr. Wade is awesome, he listens and wants what is best for his clients."
Kayla Bueno
"There is no better place than Chiropractic Health Center, from the moment you step into the office, you are welcomed with a smile and they even manage to remember every patients name. They put a lot of emphasis on your care, you start feeling better with every visit. I would recommend this practice over any other possible treatment/office in the state."
Carlos Vivar-Zuniga
"Dr. D has been providing an integrative approach to the health and well being of my family for over 25 years. He is not only a highly skilled practitioner, but is a compassionate and caring person, not only to his patients but to the community.
Susan Keane
"This practice has been the only place that got rid of my shoulder pain. Prior I tried an orthopedic and PT with no success. I was told it was just due to getting older. Dr. D doesn’t believe people have to live with pain and helped it go away. To top it all off, you never have to wait long in the waiting room."
Jennifer D.
"I strained my lower back a month prior to an Ironman race. I was unable to sleep, walk or sit, never mind continue training as planned. The entire office staff is beyond kind, caring, professional and runs extremely smooth. I was explained every step and procedure, along with a patient education class that really helped me understand what was wrong with my back and steps to fix it. Dr Wade was able to get me sleeping, walking and able to compete in my triathlon. 5 stars for many reasons and would highly recommend."
Dylan Howley
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Robert Zdrojeski
"I started my chiropractic journey a few weeks before having my 3rd baby. They were amazing, patient and gentle during the pregnancy. They weren't pushy when I took my time, post pregnancy, to come back. They were amazing with my schedule and did everything to work with me. I felt so comfortable with them that I brought my new born baby and my 3 year old in to get adjusted!"
Candace Lozowski
"Such a great experience in understanding and learning how to treat my chronic pain! The office staff is wonderful, informative and empathetic! Dr. D is also invested in making you to your best self! They found a convert here!"
Debby DeMartino
"I love Dr. D and his great staff. I have been going to him for about 16 years and I would gladly recommend him to anyone looking for a chiropractor. He has helped me immeasurably."
Lelaneia Dubay
"I love Dr. D and his great staff. I have been going to him for about 16 years and I would gladly recommend him to anyone looking for a chiropractor. He has helped me immeasurably."
Lelaneia Dubay
"I just finished my 30 session program and went over my x-rays with Dr. Wade. The improvement in my scoliosis shown in the x-rays was remarkable and corresponded with the greater mobility and wellbeing I have been experiencing. Dr. Wade is very professional and always willing to answer questions and address specific concerns. I highly recommend him."
Austin Lyons
"Great experience! Our whole family goes and we have referred other family members. Dr. Wade is awesome, he listens and wants what is best for his clients."
Kayla Bueno
"From the moment you walk into the office, you are welcomed with a smile and they even manage to remember every single patient's name. They treat you like family and put a lot of emphasis on your care. I started coming to this office when my son was about 4 months old and now at 11 months old, I have seen SO much progress with his neck that I myself started to see Dr D. and I am very grateful to have found such a wonderful place."
Nichole Currie
"This practice has been the only place that got rid of my shoulder pain. Prior I tried an orthopedic and PT with no success. I was told it was just due to getting older. Dr. D doesn’t believe people have to live with pain and helped it go away. To top it all off, you never have to wait long in the waiting room."
Jennifer D.
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