Dr. Edward J. Hartey
600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Matamoras, Pa 18336
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians
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Volume 17 No.3
WATER SPORTS AND INJURIES
Spring and summer are here and it's time to gear up for exciting outdoor water fun. Unfortunately, each year thousands of us being playing too hard, too soon, without restoring the body's endurance and fitness levels---resulting in pain and unnecessary injury. Swimming, skiing, and boating are among the most common summertime recreational activities. Early summer swimmers tend to overindulge, leaving themselves with sever shoulder strain, low back pain, hip, or neck pain. An improper breathing technique can create feelings of nausea for swimmers. Skiing can cause a multitude of injuries, primarily form falls. Boating may not be considered an exercise, but many who enjoy being on the water tend to develop low back pain from getting in and out of the boat poorly or bracing improperly when wave hopping. Here are some suggestions for minimizing the risk of pain and injury while enjoying these water sports.
Swimming is one of the be exercises for your body. Stretching muscles specifically used for swimming prepares the body to adapt quicker while minimizing the aches and pains. Be sure to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth while swimming. Breathing properly will increase cell saturation of oxygen, which in turn makes it more likely to perform well and not injure as easily.
Water skiing injuries typically occur from poor falling techniques. The word to think of the split second before you fall is "noodle" let all your joints and muscles relax at the instant. The natural tendency is to brace against the fall, but that is exactly the opposite of what should be done. If you try to relax before the initial impact, you will notice that your body will disperse the shock into the water and you will have a gentler fall into the water.
Boating aches and pains can be avoided by stepping into a boat while firmly grasping the side of the boat. Don't create an opportunity for injury by carrying the cooler, towels dogs, hats, and sunscreen, etc. while stepping into the boat. Make multiple trips and hand items to people inside the boat. As you are wave hopping across the water, anticipate the waves and bumps. While holding on to the stable part of the boat, let your body move up and down with the waves and turns in order to allow the water craft to absorb the shock rather than your body. Water sports are a fun part of every summer activity, and you can gain a lot of enjoyment when stretching, warming up, and proper ergonomic knowledge are put into effect.
However, even when precautions are taken, injuries inevitably occur and should be taken care of as soon as possible. Make sure to tell your chiropractor of ANY falls or injuries so they can be corrected quickly to avoid future pain and complications.
HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES
Headaches and migraines affect million each year, but they are distinctly different in character. The majority of headaches come from the neck or bottom of the skull. Symptoms range from a sharp pain, neck soreness, stiffness and nausea to balance and concentration issues. Tight muscles of the neck can cause misalignment of the neck vertebra, which will irritate the exiting nerves and blood supply. Simple ergonomic corrections and proper spinal alignment have been shown time and time again to relieve the negative effects of the headache pain.
Migraines affect approximately 20 million people each year. They are devastating to everyday activities. Typically, they affect one or both temples with pulsating pain throughout the entire head. The symptoms of a migraine vary, but when the pain intensifies, the migraine sufferer may require solitude and find some relief in dark areas while avoiding bright lighting. The thought process usually slow, impairs concentration and the memory becomes skewed. Occasionally spots are seen and sometimes there is loss of visual fields. Episodes are erratic and range in frequency from once a month to as often as 3-5 times a week. an episode of migraine pain can last from hours up to several days. The symptoms vary depending on the episodes and are typically not the same. Migraines tend to occur in 10-40 year olds and often affect more women than men. Most researchers agree that there is usually an imbalance in the blood circulation of the head and neck. the nerves that supply the head and neck are also involved, and symptoms are generally complicated by emotional and nutritional issues.
Chiropractic care is a wonderful solution and a highly sought treatment for migraine relief. By addressing the problem at its root cause, there is a significantly higher likelihood of successful treatment. Recommend that your friends and family see your chiropractor so they too can live pain free.
DON'T IGNORE WORKPLACE PAIN!!
Sure you can stand the pain, but can you stand what the pain is doing to your life? The question is WHY should you stand the pain?
This is especially true with work-related accidents and injury. Ignoring or enduring pain no longer makes you tough. It makes you vulnerable. If you don't have your pains investigated on a timely basis, you could be permanently damaging your health. You already know it's affecting your job.
Many times, the pain seems to sneak up on you. You are doing a job you have done many times before and, it finally occurs to you: you hurt every time you do it. And it's getting worse! It may be typing or lifting or manipulating a tool. It could be a specific position that, held to long, starts causing back spasms.
None of these injuries should be ignored. Toughing it out is not a good idea, Particularly if your back and neck are involved.
Your back supports your body and your neck support your head. Your brain controls the entire structure and function of your body through the nerve system. The nerve system is a delicate communication network partly housed in the bones of the back and neck. Injure the back and neck and you very likely, are interfering with normal nerve system function.
Interfere with the nerve system's ability to function and your brain has trouble telling your body how to perform, since no part of the body can have healthy function without the brain and nerve system being able to pass along communication. Pain is the warning signal. Because of this, any back and neck pain should be investigated thoroughly.
We know you can stand the pain. but, can you stand what the pain is doing to your job performance and to your quality of life? If you have been hurt on the job, please contact us, immediately. We are fully qualified to evaluate the damage to your back or neck that is interfering with your health and life. Call us today, so WE can get to work on getting YOU back to work.
PREVENTING ARM AND SHOULDER INJURIES IN YOUNG BASEBALL/SOFTBALL ATHLETES
Coach Gene Coleman with the Houston Astros teaches young people how to throw and prevent injuries on a regular basis. He says that typical injuries of the shoulder and arm are caused by repetitive throwing and poor mechanics. The statistics show that there are over 2000,000 boys and girls between 7 and 13 playing baseball in Texas alone. Of all shoulder and arm injuries, approximately 50% are caused by overuse of the throwing arm. The American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physician agrees with Coach Coleman in that prevention is the key to alleviating the effects of these overuse injuries. Because poor mechanics and repetitive throwing are the culprits, the first step is to learn the proper way to throw. Second is to develop flexibility, strength, and balance in the shoulder girdle muscles. thirdly, is to limit the number of throws during practice and games.
Players should receive instruction on proper throwing techniques, strength, flexibility, and balance techniques from coaches or by attending an official baseball/softball camp. Coach Coleman states that most major league pitchers throw 15 pitches per inning, 125-135 per nine inning game, while less proficient pitchers throw 25-30 per inning. Little Leaguers average 33.5 pitches per inning and some up to 56 pitches per inning. According to Bill Bryan, team physician for the Astros, "the problem of abuse to the pitching arm lies not on the baseball diamond but on the practice field". He states that practice throws constitute a large number of the throws that will injure an arm. Since young athletes are still developing their technique, flexibility, strength, and bone growth, excessive throwing is bound to wreak havoc on a person's shoulder and arm. Parents and coaches should take into consideration pitch count limitations of 90-110 pitches per game or practice. When an athlete pitches less than 5 innings he should rest his arm for one day and if they pitch over that, they should consider 4 days of rest between events. When shoulder injuries arise in the young athlete, inform your chiropractor in order to access and correct the player's functional status and correct the injury.
TIPS ON CAMPING AND HIKING SAFETY
Always bring a first-aid kit when camping. Learn how to use the contents of the kit.
* Use the buddy-system.
* Inform a friend or family member where you plan to camp or hike.
* Be careful when exploring (always take a compass and map).
* Wear a whistle. Whistles can be heard further than your voice will carry.
* Use caution when chopping wood or building fires.
* Dress appropriately. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to avoid
bites from ticks and other insects.
* Take a supply of clean drinking water and drink it. You can dehydrate
very quickly in warm, dry, or windy conditions.
* Don't drink water unless you know it is clean and safe.
* Avoid alcoholic beverages, which tend to cause dehydrations.
* Don't touch animals out in the wild.
* Don't eat wild berries and plants.
* Don't over-do-it when hiking.
* Never leave a campfire unattended. Make sure all fires are out and the ashes are cold.
* Camping is a pleasurable experience, but should be taken seriously. Learn the rules of the game and your experience will be that much better.