It’s almost that time of year again when you dust off the sneakers under your bed in a late attempt to get ‘summer body ready.’ I wish you the best of luck! It’s this time of year that Chiropractic clinics are full of weekend warriors who’ve injured themselves pushing beyond their limits. Whether it be pounding the pavement and suffering knee and foot injuries or doing the standard ego bench press and sustaining a shoulder and neck problem. A common posed question to Chiropractors is, “should I see you before or after exercise?”
It’s questions like these that make me happy because it shows you have an awareness about Chiropractic and how it fits into your lifestyle or health regime. At Vitality Chiropractic Australia, we understand there can be confusion about whether to add Chiropractic before or after exercise. Ideally, having your spine and joints assessed prior to particularly strenuous routine is preferred, but for most people, this can be unrealistic. Therefore it is a case by case scenario.
What Can You Expect If You See Your Chiropractor Before Exercise?
Sports Chiropractic research has shown us the many benefits of spinal manipulative therapy and associated treatment before activity. Some of these include:
- Improved strength
- Enhanced flexibility
- Increased force/power
- Better posture and therefore more efficient muscle recruitment
How About After Activity?
- Improved recovery
- Can assist with healing and reducing pain
- Assists with getting you ready for your next big task
- Reduces stress upon joints
It’s Really Up To You & Your Preferences!
As you can see there’s obvious pro’s and con’s to both approaches. So choose the best and most appropriate solution that fits in with your lifestyle and goals. An easy way to look at it is:
- Would you like the additional athletic benefits of seeing a Chiropractor before exercise?
- Or would you like the recuperative and healing assistance of seeing a Chiropractor after exercise?