Chiropractic care increasingly has been shown to improve skiers and snowboarders’ performance on the mountain both before they hit the slopes and after they have headed off the mountain. Correct structural balance helps to prevent injuries before they happen. Many winter athletes forget the high impact skiing and snowboarding can have on the body. A perfectly aligned body, carefully balanced, allows the body to absorb this impact and strain evenly over the entire body. When a body is out of balance, this stress can affect the overall ski or snowboard experience through pain and injury. In some cases these effects can have lasting impacts in chronic pain and serious injury. For these reasons, many chiropractors advise athletes get adjusted before they begin skiing and snowboarding for the season and to maintain their chiropractic care all season long through regular visits and adjustments.
Beyond just the physical strain of skiing and snowboarding, the unexpected strain of unpredictable terrain can cause injury. The ever-changing landscape presents new challenges with each storm, on each mountain or resort. In addition to the physical changes of the landscape, there is the added stress of athletes of differing abilities surrounding skiers and snowboarders. These added challenges alter the way winter sports enthusiasts interact. Accidents, crashes and near misses have a wear and tear on the body that strength and flexibility can help to overcome, but ultimately these incidents can throw the body out of alignment.
The most common injuries chiropractors see from skiers and snowboarders from wear and tear or accident include; whiplash to the cervical spine, herniated discs, damage to knees, injured, strained or dislocated shoulders, tweaked back and neck, in addition to aches and pains. All of these ailments can be treated non-invasively through careful chiropractic care. Failure to have these injuries treated can cause long-term pain and potentially affect the ability to ski or snowboard in the future. Some of these injuries can lead to chronic pain and in very severe cases the pain can actually block the nervous system from sending and receiving messages from the brain. Surgery is not always the best way to treat many of these injuries, due to the invasiveness of the procedure, long recovery time and in some cases permanently damaged muscle, joints and bone.
Chiropractic work is not just for injury or strain; simple fatigue and soreness from a day on the mountain can be eased through an adjustment. Particularly for those who were not ski/snowboard-ready, discomfort after a long day or weekend on the mountain can be eased and relieved. Likewise, an adjustment pre-adventure may be the best last-minute preparation you can do for your body before hitting the slopes.
The Aspen Club features world-class chiropractic and physical therapy care right here in Aspen. Whether you are here for a visit, for the season or just a visit, take the time to come in for a chiropractic consultation at the Aspen Club and Spa. Our experienced staff can help you achieve your performance goals, alleviate the aches of spending many days on the mountain, provide rejuvenating alignment, or work with you on an injury. Chiropractic adjustments are good for athletes of all ability levels and physicality. Make an appointment today!
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