WINTER: Slips & Falls
As the cold weather sends its ice and occasional snow here in Georgia, it can be exciting for the students as they get to miss school and spend the day sledding and throwing snowballs. But for many, it is a nightmare of car accidents and traffic, and plenty of opportunities to slip and fall on that sneaky ice. As we get older, it becomes much more difficult to recover from slips and falls. To help you prepare for those slippery winter surfaces and hold your adjustment this cold season, here are some tips and tricks to protect yourself:
On top of many other health benefits, regular exercise and strength training prevent you from injury during a fall by strengthening muscles that support your body. Strength training also prepares your body to take on the stress of winter sports from skiing to ice-skating! Strong muscles can take some of the pressure of your joints during vigorous downhill sports or when you catch yourself from a fall, preventing a more severe injury. For those over 40, strength training also slows the decrease in bone density over time.
Even with a good fall, it is important to get you or your loved ones checked at the Alpha Spine Center to correct any spinal and joint injury that could have occurred from a slip and fall! For tips on exercises and practices that can help you avoid injury and hold your NUCCA adjustments better during these winter months, consult with one of your ASC doctors during your next visit!
WEIGHT TRAINING AFTER 40: