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Does Rain Make You More Prone to Injury When Playing Sports?

Does Rain Make You More Prone to Injury When Playing Sports?

When it rains it pours, especially when it comes to being an athlete and getting injured. One of the most common sports-related injuries is caused by simply slipping in the rain, especially in soccer.

Some sports like baseball decide to take a rain check in mild weather conditions, but for other sports such as football, cheerleading and track and field, the show must go on in almost all weather conditions. While you can’t control the weather, you can be mindful of slipping, stretching and shoe selection in order to prevent the nasty weather from raining on your parade. Here’s how.

Slipping

In many sports, sliding in to score a run or goal is a good thing, but slipping is a totally different ballgame. Unintentional slips in the rain can cause long-term injuries that require medical attention. It’s easy to get carried away when there’s time on the clock, but make sure you pay close attention to your surroundings when it’s raining. It’s a win, win situation in staying safe.

Stretching

As with any athletic activity, stretching before hitting the ground running greatly reduces injuries, especially when it’s slippery outside. Stretching causes your muscles to become more resilient and bounce back quickly even if you do take a fall. Be sure to spend at least 10 minutes warming up before training or participating in athletic activities to prepare your body for upcoming movement and possible wet conditions.

Shoe Selection

Deciding what kind of shoe to wear is also directly related to sports performance and injury prevention. Buying a pair of shoes that are slip resistant can keep you on your toes in wet weather conditions. Examining the shape and size of your shoes can determine if they are the right pair for rainy days. Sports shoes with flat edges on the outsoles and rigidly shaped cleats can cause the water to gather at the bottom of the shoe instead of pushing it away. It’s better to go with shoes that do not have flat edges on the outsole to create better traction against water.

If you’ve taken a fall and want to get an evaluation or treatment, schedule an appointment with us. Dr. Kim specializes in providing treatment of a variety of rain-related sports injuries such as hip, knee and shoulder pain. Get in touch with us by emailing info@livewellcc.com or calling at 513-285-7682. Also, feel free to send us a message for general questions or inquiries.

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Live Well Chiropractic Care for Expecting Mothers

Chiropractic Care for Expecting Mothers

Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times in an expecting mother’s life. Whether it’s visiting a gynecologist or primary care doctor, getting proper medical care during pregnancy is beneficial to both the mother and baby. Adding a chiropractor to the list of doctors and specialists to see during pregnancy or even while trying to conceive is not only beneficial, but it can help make pregnancy easier and less uncomfortable.

From pre-conception to post delivery, here is why you should visit a chiropractor if you are expecting (or trying to be).

Pre-Conception

There are many misconceptions about what you can do to better your chances of becoming pregnant. There is no one specific cause of infertility, but one can be associated with an improperly functioning nervous system. Visiting a chiropractor can help with spinal alignment, which directly impacts the nervous system. While visiting a chiropractor doesn’t solve the problem of infertility, it is good supplemental care in addition to other fertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

Pregnancy

Many expecting mothers ask if it’s safe to see a chiropractor during pregnancy. Not only is it safe, but it’s recommended to ease the pain and discomfort that can come along with being pregnant. Chiropractic care can help mothers-to-be maintain a better center of gravity and posture during pregnancy. Seeing a chiropractor and having proper pelvic alignment, allows the baby room to get in optimal position for delivery.

Post Delivery

Just as chiropractic care is a good way to make pregnancy more comfortable, postpartum chiropractic care can also help with rehabilitation. Visiting a chiropractor after giving birth can help with recovery time and alignment in the pelvis and back. Seeing a chiropractor can also assist with getting a new mother’s body back into its pre-pregnancy state, which can minimize the chances or symptoms of postpartum depression.

From pre-conception to post delivery, Live Well Chiropractic Center’s Dr. Kimberly Muhlenkamp-Wermert specializes in chiropractic pregnancy techniques and is certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) in The Webster Technique. Hear more from Dr. Kim about our pregnancy chiropractic care services by watching our educational videos, or visit our website to learn about our chiropractic services for pregnancy care.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call at 513-285-7682. If you have general questions about how a chiropractor can help during your pregnancy, send us a message.

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Tips To Help Your Child Prepare For Spring Sports by Live Well Chiropractic

Tips To Help Your Child Prepare For Spring Sports

Whether your kids play soccer, baseball, lacrosse, track or any other spring sport, getting them ready for the demands of training season is essential to making sure they have fun, perform well and stay safe. Chiropractic care is one way to make sure they are in good physical condition and to prevent injuries. Here are a few ways that Live Well Chiropractic Center can help prepare your child for spring training.

Initial Consultation

Parents of student-athletes may not be sure what to expect the first time they bring their child to visit a chiropractor. Much like getting a physical, visiting a chiropractor for a consultation can help discover any current ailments and prevent future injuries. During your first visit at Live Well Chiropractic Center, we can evaluate your child’s range of motion, posture and spinal alignment and find any pain points that might cause issues during the spring training season.

Corrective Exercises

If your child has taken a winter break from sports, getting back into the game might be challenging. Getting him or her prepared can be essential for success and safety. Chiropractic corrective exercises can be performed to bring back maximum movement and mobility if your child had a hiatus from sports during the winter. Live Well Chiropractic Center’s corrective services can help catch issues early on to provide precaution before spring training begins and results throughout your child’s sports season.

Nutritional Support

The components that go into playing sports are more than just athletic performance and staying in shape. Having an optimal nutrition plan is important to a child athlete’s overall health, especially since children and adolescents are still growing. Live Well Chiropractic Center provides a variety of nutritional support that can help your athlete get ready for spring training and stay healthy throughout the sports season.

Beyond a Chiropractor

While physical care from a chiropractor can be imperative for your child this training season, getting your child mentally prepared for a sport is just as important. Make sure to talk to your child about their sports interests to make sure to keep their spring training season both fun and rewarding.

To schedule an appointment at Live Well Chiropractic Center, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call at 513-285-7682. If you have general questions, feel free to send us a message.

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How To Stay Motivated This Winter

How To Stay Motivated This Winter

Whether you exercise outside or at the gym, the struggle to stay motivated during the winter is very real among active people across the country. Many may still be working off their holiday consumption, spending days on the couch covered by a blanket and binge-watching a new favorite show. Even though it’s cold outside, it’s essential to stay active. Try some of these motivational techniques to stay in the game!

Waking Up

Finding the motivation just to get out of bed can be tough, especially when you know it’s warm under your blanket but cold outside. Instead of stumbling to the kitchen for coffee, go directly to the bathroom for a shower. This will likely jolt you into awareness quicker than caffeine.

Weather Appropriate Activewear

If you’re devoted to your workout, there really is no such thing as bad weather. Simply make sure that you’re dressed for the occasion. Many retailers carry attractive winter activewear. If you’re going to the gym and not exercising outside, treat yourself to new workout clothes anyway. A chance to wear your new clothes is just one more reason to go to the gym.

Get a Workout Partner

A workout partner can be the most effective motivator for many people. If you cancel your workout for the sake of warm comfort, you may feel disappointed in yourself a few hours later, but that’s basically where the guilt ends. A workout partner usually presents a secondary level of disappointment. Receiving direct motivation by a second party can help you focus and step away from the couch.

Home Exercise

Ok, so you’re snowed in during a winter weather advisory. The streets aren’t plowed, your car is covered in snow and ice and you literally can’t leave. You’ve got more than enough reason to skip the gym, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely skip your workout. Exercise at home! Beyond possibly having your own modest weight set, exercise bike or treadmill, many home exercise routines are available on YouTube. Give one a try today!

Share Your Tips

Of course, these are only a few of the methods for approaching winter exercises. And at Live Well, we can also help with nutritional support. Do you have a special method that we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear it! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and share your tips!

To schedule an appointment at Live Well Chiropractic Center, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call at 513-285-7682.

5 Benefits Of Stretching

5 Benefits Of Stretching!

Some people believe stretching should be done only when you’re working out, but you don’t have to be an athlete to work a stretching routine into your plans every day. There are actually many healthy benefits from stretching, such as increased flexibility, stress relief, posture relief and more. So before you dismiss it, take a moment to explore five of our favorite benefits of stretching. If you have an existing injury, practice only exercises instructed by your medical doctor, or by Dr. Kim at Live Well.

Stretching Increases Flexibility

The most popular and well-known benefit of stretching is to increase flexibility. Stretching can also increase your range of motion and lead to fewer injuries during activities.

Stretching Can Help Lower Your Cholesterol

Stretching before starting your day or before physical activity can help lower cholesterol. Of course, you should pair your stretching with a healthy diet and exercise for the best effects.

Stretching for Stress Relief

There are many reasons that you can become stressed, but one thing is for sure: when you’re stressed, your muscles will most likely tense. Try to focus on stretching your neck, shoulders and upper back.

Stretching to Improve Posture

Stretching your neck and upper back can reduce muscle strain and help maintain good posture. Maintaining good posture helps to keep bones and joints aligned, decrease stress on ligaments and helps to keep your spine in place.

Stretching to Avoid a Mid-Day Slump

It’s common for people to feel groggy and stiff midway through their workdays. Before rushing to the break room for another pot of coffee, consider a simple mid-day stretch. Simply stand and stretch your limbs, fingers, waist, and neck. Take a brief walk around the office if possible. Also, make sure to drink a substantial amount of water throughout the day to avoid being tired from light dehydration.

These are just a few benefits of stretching, but of course, there are many more. Did we miss your favorite benefit? We’d love to hear it! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and share your tips!

To schedule an appointment at Live Well Chiropractic Center, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call at 513-285-7682.