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How to Stay Safe on the Court

How to Stay Safe on the Court

Tennis is an amazing sport for many reasons. It’s a great aerobic workout that also strengthens your muscles, betters your balance and increases your physical stamina. Another bonus is that tennis is played in a social setting, has a degree of friendly competition and can be played almost anywhere throughout the year.

While tennis-related injuries happen less frequently than other high-impact sports, there are a number of ways that you can minimize the chance for injury on the court and ultimately up your tennis game. Here’s how.

Warm Up Properly

Tennis is so fun that it’s common to want to jump right into the game, but warming up is an imperative part of any sports-related activity or workout routine. Failure to do proper warm-ups before heading onto the court can be harmful to your muscles and joints. Gentle stretches and basic aerobic warm-ups like jumping jacks, running in place and lunges for several minutes will not only prevent injuries but will also increase your performance.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water not only makes you feel and play better, but it also helps your muscles. Dehydration can cause sodium and potassium levels to be abnormal, which is directly related to muscle strains. Make sure to drink water before, during and after your tennis matches to prevent dehydration, especially during the summer.

Prevent Overexertion

Playing tennis frequently can be fun and exciting, but it can also increase the risk of injury, especially in your dominant arm. Tennis elbow is a common condition that occurs when the tendons in the lateral epicondylitis are being overused from the twisting motions in your arms. 70 percent of active tennis players develop tennis elbow at some point in time.

The condition can cause severe pain on your elbow, forearms, and wrists that make everyday activities difficult. A common misconception about tennis elbow is that it occurs only from playing tennis. Many other sports, hobbies, and professions that require an intense or repetitive grip, like using a computer mouse all day, can also be a cause.

If you’ve treated the pain from tennis elbow with at-home remedies such as over-the-counter pain relievers, icing, heating and rest and are still experiencing symptoms, it may be time to see a physician. While chiropractors are generally associated with providing treatments for the back, their techniques are also applied with great success to eliminate tennis elbow.

Dr. Kim can treat tennis elbow by using adjusting techniques and rehabilitative exercises that focus on the fascia, or the soft connective tissues between your muscles. 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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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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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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Eight Health Tips to Start Your Year Off Right

Our mission at Live Well Chiropractic Center is to keep you healthy. Unfortunately, this time of year is particularly hard on our bodies because of the weather, the germs circulating around, and the innate desire in all of us to hunker down, eat lots of comfort foods and stay inside where it’s nice and warm.

Part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, though, is taking care of yourself and not always giving in to those temptations which can cause you to forgo exercise, healthy eating and other healthy habits. Plus, the sooner you adopt healthy habits, the easier it will be to keep up these lifestyle changes all year long. Even though we can’t be with you every second of every day, what we can do is share our best tips for keeping yourself healthy in between visits.

1. Visit Your Chiropractor With regular chiropractic visits, we can help your body remain in proper alignment, which gives your body its maximum potential to heal itself.

2. Exercise It’s difficult to get up and moving when the weather is cold and your motivation is low. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, exercise not only helps control your weight, but it can also keep you healthy, act as a mood, libido and energy booster, help you sleep better and it’s fun. If you are stuck for a place to exercise, check out these great indoor walking spots.

3. Get Plenty of Sleep Sleep is crucial for good health. Aim to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep a night to ensure better physical and mental health and a better quality of life.

4. Hydrate Experts recommend you drink at least eight cups of water a day. If you have a tough time drinking water, try having a glass when you first wake up, right before you go to bed and before each meal. It can also help to have water with you at all times. If you don’t like the taste, add lemon, cucumber, orange or lime slices. Adding whole or sliced berries also makes for a great tasting glass of water!

5. Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables Experts recommend eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day for optimum health. Sneak spinach into your smoothies, snack on a banana with peanut butter or turn a side salad into a main meal with or without a lean protein on top.

6. Wash Your Hands Hand washing is the number one way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Remember to wash your hands before you eat, after you go to the bathroom and after you come into contact with other sick people or heavily-populated areas where germs thrive (public transportation, gyms, shopping centers, credit card machines, etc.).

7. Practice Mindfulness Mindfulness is an overarching practice that extends to every part of your well-being. You can do this in the form of meditation, setting aside quiet time, turning off all electronics, spending time in nature or practicing deep breathing.

8. Socialize Being around friends and family in a social setting gives your brain and body a healthy boost and lowers your risk of diseases such as dementia. Enjoy a physical activity or share a healthy meal with someone else and double up on your healthy activities for added benefit.

For more in-person healthy living tips, visit us at Live Well Chiropractic Center. With chiropractic care from our clinic, you can expect to live your healthiest life, no matter the season. Call us today at 513-285-7482 or email info@livewellcc.com to schedule your consultation to learn more about the health benefits of our brand of chiropractic care.

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Indoor exercise

6 Spots for an Excellent Indoor Walking Workout

Winter weather makes things harder on us all. From catching colds to getting stuck in bad-weather traffic, and from the seasonal blahs to dry skin, living through a Midwest winter can be difficult. One of the best things you can do for yourself though is to go for a walk.

Walking (like most exercise) reduces your risk of depression, releases those feel-good endorphins, keeps you from gaining weight, improves your brain function and helps you feel more awake, among other positive changes.

The irony is, even if you want to walk to boost your spirits and get in some exercise, the temperatures can make it more difficult to be outside. If it’s too cold to exercise outside and you don’t own a treadmill, then what are your other options? It turns out, plenty! You can get in a good indoor walking workout right here in town – you just need to know where to look.

Where to Walk Indoors in the Winter

1. Kenwood Towne Centre “The Mall,” as it’s known to us locals, is open for walkers Monday through Saturday starting at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sundays. Safe, warm, and comfortable, one lap around the entire mall (including all corridors) is 1.07 miles. Plus, think of all the additional calories you can burn people watching and window shopping as you walk.

2. Mason Community Center Not a member? Don’t worry, you can purchase a day pass that allows you to use all of the facilities in the center, including an indoor walking track.

3. Forest Fair Village (formerly Forest Fair Mall and Cincinnati Mills) Spacious (okay empty), quiet and well-maintained, you can walk (or even run) around its 1.5-million square feet of mostly abandoned space, save the few other walkers. One lap around both levels of the mall is 1.8 miles. Open at 6 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

4. Crossroads Community Church Oakley Walk the indoor walkway on the mezzanine level (there are a few steps). Ten laps equals a mile. Open at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. Closed to walkers Sundays.

5. Tri-County Mall Walk around both the lower and upper levels of the mall and you’ll have logged your first mile. The mall is open at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday.

6. Mayerson JCC Register online for a free guest pass and try out its three-lane, elevated, rubberized, 1/8 mile indoor elevated track with climate control. Open at 5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

At Live Well Chiropractic Center, we want you to make the most out of your winter workout—even if that means taking your workout inside. For a sports injury or a regular adjustment, we’d love to see you. Call us today at 513-285-7482 or email info@livewellcc.com to schedule your consultation and learn more about the health benefits of our brand of chiropractic care.

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