Seasonal change can be a real pain. And it’s that time year again. Time for us to get outside and shake the rust out of our joints after a long winter. For many of us that may mean hitting the golf course, tackling the flower beds, or finally getting some fresh air on the bike trails.
What we don’t always consider is the way our body has adapted after long periods of inactivity (think winter in MN).
Add to this the fact that we do these leisure or recreational activities in our spare time and may not adequately prepare our bodies for the task. For example, when was the last time you stretched before picking up the broom to sweep the garage?
Now to be sure, it’s important to maintain a high level of function and capacity for movement. Some of us maintain this better than others. For the average person, if you don’t typically do a task on a daily basis – you can expect some soreness or stiffness if you then perform it all afternoon.
The question is, when is this soreness an injury – or just overuse?
Spring for Help
Pain is an indicator. Stiffness a day after an activity can be expected. But pain that lingers for more than a couple days is more than soreness, generally. Unless you are doing something to re-aggravate the soreness – it should clear up after a couple of days. If not, there may be something more involved.
Seeing a chiropractor can help determine the cause of the problem. Is it a pulled muscle? Is it a pinched nerve? Is the level of soreness (however mild it may be) suspect of something more serious?
Making the right call can save a lot of time and frustration later. Chiropractors are trained in the diagnosis and care of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. So those spring time tweaks are right up our alley.
Now, if pain can be useful to tell us when something is injured, it is not something to be ignored. It is like the oil light in our cars. When it lights up, we know something is wrong – but we wouldn’t cover up the light with a piece of tape to solve it, would we?
Why then do we mask our ongoing aches and pains with medication?
So, get out and enjoy yourself this spring. Just remember to invest in healthy habits at the same time.
Stretch. Drink plenty of water. Get adequate rest. Take your fish oils. Eat more greens. And keep the spring-in-your-step with chiropractic!
Let us know your questions/comments below. Or call us – we’re here to help!