Media release from New Zealand Chiropractor's
The long hot summer has brought a bumper crop of exercise-related
injuries according to the New Zealand Chiropractors'
Dr Hayden Thomas, chiropractor and spokesperson for the New Zealand
Chiropractors' Association explains: 'The lovely summer weather has
tempted a lot of people outside and some of them are trying to do
more than they should physically, without adequate preparation and
we are seeing the results.'
Last year the Accident Compensation Corporation paid out almost $9
million for summer-related injuries, with 30,737 people making
claims for injuries they sustained doing what Kiwis do best -
enjoying the great outdoors.
Dr Thomas advises New Zealanders to `Work within your limits and
gently extend them. If you do have some joint stiffness or tissue
tension, then make sure you do some stretches to improve your
flexibility and tone before undertaking strenuous activities and
beware of high impact exercise. Deconditioned joints and muscles
need extra care to slowly increase function and strength. Some
people can be at the opposite end of the spectrum where hypermobile
joints can be overloaded and cause problems in the surrounding
People need to listen to their body and find a happy medium with a
mixture of stretching and strengthening, along with finding the
right activity and activity level for their individual
'Delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, is a sign that your body
has reached its limits for the time being. We do see people who
have gone that bit too far at this time of year, they might have
felt great at the time of activity but their body lets them know
they have overdone it and need some time out to recuperate. The key
to enjoying the great outdoors is to maintain your joint
flexibility and enhance your adaptive capacity - the body's ability
to get fitter and stronger.
Seeing a chiropractor will help keep that ability on track and
reduce the risk of injury. An optimum functioning spine and nervous
system is less likely to get injured'
But the NZCA is keen for New Zealanders to get out and exercise
more as the biggest risk for spinal and overall health problems
comes from sedentary lifestyle. Dr Thomas says that older people
especially benefit from exercise in lots of ways. He refers to a
study , which was published in the September 2012 issue of the
Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, which showed that astronauts
on the International Space Station benefited from good nutrition
and exercise with an increase in their bone mineral density.
Dr Thomas says: `This study shows the vital importance of
weight-bearing exercise in maintaining bone density. It's
undeniable that bones grow weaker without it and this study has
been hailed as the first significant progress in protecting bone
through diet and exercise.'
Dr Thomas points out that: `People may not realise that
chiropractic is a key wellness and prevention service.
Chiropractors don't just wait for people to break down but are
primarily interested in preventing and correcting the underlying
factors which cause ill health. A chiropractor will be able to
check that all your spinal joints are moving properly to provide
enough input to the brain and also look at other physical,
emotional, nutritional and biochemical stressors that may be
impacting on your body's ability to self regulate and heal. Then
working in conjunction with other members of the healthcare team
your chiropractor will devise a programme that will help to address
each of the factors.
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