At the end of a busy work week, many people look towards the weekend as a way to squeeze in active lifestyle fun and chores. This can mean home improvement projects or weekend sports. Sometimes, however, the “weekend warrior” can find themselves “overdoing it”. Rather than relying on pain medications—or looking forward to a future after surgery—the busy weekender can visit a chiropractor for relief.
Self-Care at Home
Chiropractors often advocate prevention. The most important first step that any “weekend warrior” should remember is that they need to use proper and safe warm-up and stretching methods before doing any activities. They also need to hydrate, cool down properly, and use proper lifting techniques. Without taking these precautions, a person can become seriously injured and even miss time from work. “80% of people who participate in any kind of physical activity…will sprain an ankle sometime in their life” and, without rehabilitation, there is a “90-95% chance they will get low back pain”.1 Making up for inactivity all week by trying to do too much in two days can lead to a body’s rebellion in the form of strains and pains. It is best to fit in some form of activity all week long to prevent this from happening. Other ideas are to slow down and get help for chores. Families can accomplish a lot together by dividing the workload.2
Typical “Weekend Warrior” Injuries
“Weekend warriors” can get a variety of orthopedic injuries. “People who slack during the week and go full bore on weekends, run a greater risk of developing knee, shoulder and back injuries.” These can include rotator cuff injuries or shoulder separations, joint, Achilles’ tendon, and knee problems, tissue tears and tendonitis, and lower back pain. Strenuous training programs can also cause strains and injuries.3
Traditional medical treatments for “weekend warrior” injuries tend to come from orthopedists. As a result, a patient may undergo various surgeries, including knee replacements and rotator cuff surgeries. Even with these medical advancements showing improved recovery time, these are serious interventions. Some doctors will use hyaluronic acid injections for the joints to “supplement the viscosity of the joint fluid”. Others will use prosthetics in the surgical procedures.4 Over-the-counter and prescription pain medications may be recommended, and these can lead to side-effects, overuse, and other complications. Pills only mask the injury.
Time to See a Chiropractor
Chiropractors offer a drug-free and more natural health care approach. One of the latest advances in chiropractic care includes “Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy…Damaged cells will absorb and become energized by photonic energy”. This has been tested in over 2000 clinical trials over the last 30 years. “Stimulated cells increase adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, and dramatically reduce inflammation, pain and swelling”.5 Even just regular chiropractic adjustments can reduce pain, improve overall health, and may help prevent “weekend warrior” injuries from happening.
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