Dr. Edward J. Hartey
600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Matamoras, Pa 18336
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians
Call Us Today: 570.491.BACK
Volume 21 No.5
GETTING AND STAYING IN SHAPE FOR FOOTBALL
Summer is over and now it's fall and football. The best kind of football should be fun and pain-free.
For most parents, the sport is fun but it may not be fun for some kids. Some of them have been known to fake injuries to get away from the pressure of parents, coaches and fellow players. If they are playing "to please", it may be time to switch sports.
But if they are like most kids on the team, it's fun and they want to play. Now, the most important consideration is getting and staying in shape. Most organized football leagues have definite stretching and exercise programs for their players.
If, despite everything the youngster does and he or she is injured, think RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation. An injury usually means there are broken blood vessels beneath the skin, which mean swelling. With a sprained ankle, for instance, after ice has helped (24 to 48 hours), gently massage the ankle, and rotate the joint until it range of motion is equal to the other ankle. Resume exercise slowly, avoiding sports such as basketball or racquetball that involve sudden twisting movements.
Listen to the body and do not exercise or play with pain. Pain is nature's natural warning signal that a part of the body has been injured and we should cease doing anything that aggravates the injury and then give the part complete rest for faster recovery. Pain-killing drugs do not heal; they only mask the symptoms which can escalate the injury.
Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercising. Carbonated beverages are not a recommended replacement for water. Though it's not proven, phosphoric acid in some soft drinks may leach calcium from the bones contributing to bone loss.
Nutritionally, a good rule of thumb is to never eat or drink anything that has been chemically altered from its natural state.
And lastly, but certainly not the least important, is the care of the frame of the body, especially the spine which houses and protects the spinal cord and the spinal nerves.
When the frame of the body has been jarred or jolted out of its normal alignment, it is somewhat like distorting the frame of an automobile. Both the human and the car may still function, but not without some serious side effects.
For maximum efficiency of the body and for the greatest amount of fun and pleasure, all sports participants should have regular chiropractic tune-ups. Call us, we want to help.
TIRED? NO PEP OR ENERGY?
The human body is like a gigantic storage battery. Energy is usually depleted under physical (work) and mental stress. A "shot circuit" caused by a spinal subluxation (vertebral misalignment) can also rob the body of it's stored energy resulting in tiredness and fatigue.
There is nothing more distracting and unpleasant than trying to concentrate on working while fighting fatigue. Yawning and drooping eyes definitely do not add to your meeting presentation.
Regular chiropractic care, along with proper diet, rest, and exercise, will help to keep our bodies (batteries) fully charged.
Chiropractic adjustments release nerve energy and stimulate nerve flow somewhat like jump-starting a weak battery.
CHIROPRACTIC IS A NATURAL
Chiropractic is the world's largest drugless healing profession. Most of us acknowledge that there is a time and place for drugs, especially in time of great pain and suffering. But when drugs are used regularly over an extended period of time to mask or to temporarily relieve the symptoms, they do more harm than good.
An example would be the taking of drugs for recurring toothache pains instead of filling the cavity. Or the taking of drugs for recurring headache pains or joint pains without removing the "cause". Chiropractic works to remove causes, gently and naturally.
Please tell a friend about the benefits of natural chiropractic care! We are here to help.
What Machine Could Do All of This
For an average adult during an average day:
You Exercise 7,000,000 brain cells.
Your heart beats 1103,689 times.
Your hair grow. 01717 inch.
Your blood travels 168,000,000 miles.
Your nails grow .000046 inch.
You breathe 23,040 times
You move 750 major muscles.
You inhale 438 cubic feet of air.
You speak 48,000 words
You eat 3_pounds of food.
You turn in you sleep 25-30 times
You drink 2.9 pounds of liquids
You give off 85.6 degrees F.
You lose in weight 7.8 pounds of waste.
You perspire 1.43 pints.
Like any piece of finely tuned machinery the human body needs regular chiropractic check-ups/tune-ups.
Maintain the Gain!
In the fall of the year, everyone is extraordinarily busy. Regardless of your active schedule, there should be time for chiropractic checkups. Regular visits are like an insurance policy. They help assure your continuing good health at the time you need that well-being most.
By maintaining your body today, you may well be preventing conditions which will keep you out of action later. Preventive in nature, regular visits are a good investment in your future health - the most precious commodity of all.