Most people hear the phrase “wear and tear” and associate the meaning with tangible products such as a car or foot wear. But your body is also susceptible to damage that naturally occurs as a result of use and age. When chiropractors refer to the concept of “wear and tear” as it relates to patients, they are often focused on treating individuals who suffer from some type of chronic musculoskeletal condition.
Common Musculoskeletal Disorders
Our Atlanta chiropractors help patients overcome various musculoskeletal disorders such as:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
All of these conditions are caused by excessive use and stress that gradually develops over time. Patients who suffer from such health issues tend to experience muscle fatigue, weakness, inflammation, joint stiffness, and chronic pain. The good news is that there are ways patients can avoid injuries or conditions that are caused by gradual stress.
How to Avoid Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Exercise your muscles: Following through with some type of resistance training program can help improve your muscle strength so that they can better withstand stress and pressure. Medical studies show that athletes who participate in pre-season strength training for their hamstring muscles are far less likely to experience an injury. By working your muscles and tendons out more, you are able to reduce the amount of stress that’s applied to your bones and cartilage.
- Adjust your current workout program: If you currently participate in some type of workout regiment, you might want to consider warming up before starting your program. Spending 10 to 15 minutes jogging, performing jumping jacks, or any type of activity that gets your heart pumping will go a long way in getting your body comfortable with the stress it endures during your workout. If you notice any type of pain as you work out, stop exercising to avoid strain or sprains.
- Stretch often: Stretching before and after you exercise helps your body maintain flexibility and supports core strength.
- Allow your body to rest: Allowing your body to rest between workouts helps prevent damage that comes from repetitive actions. Getting plenty of rest is critical for allowing worn out muscles to recover and helps promote positive health overall.
If you interested in learning more about your musculoskeletal health or are currently experiencing any type of symptom that’s associated with common wear and tear conditions, contact AICA Atlanta right away. You can request a free consultation with one of our high experienced chiropractors or schedule a same-day examination. You can contact us online or dial (404) 889-8828 to schedule an appointment.