Innova Pain Clinic Innovative Chiropractic Pain Management in St George UT 2017-09-12T22:45:42Z http://www.innova-pain.com/feed/atom/ WordPress apwhite <![CDATA[Low Back Pain Chiropractor]]> http://mystgeorgechiropractor.com/?p=301 2017-09-12T22:36:14Z 2017-09-12T22:45:42Z Innova Pain Clinic

  What is causing your low back pain? “Low Back Pain Chiropractor” is a common internet search phrase. Some chiropractors feel that we should not be painted into the “only low-back pain” corner. Personally, I’m flattered that chiropractic physicians are considered experts in the field of treating chronic and acute low-back pain. We are experts […]

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Lower Back Chiropractor Pain St George UT

When your lower back is hurting. You will save time and money by seeing an expert right away. Get prompt answers and prompt treatment at Innova Pain Clinic. Featured image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net and David Castillo Dominici.

What is causing your low back pain?

“Low Back Pain Chiropractor” is a common internet search phrase. Some chiropractors feel that we should not be painted into the “only low-back pain” corner. Personally, I’m flattered that chiropractic physicians are considered experts in the field of treating chronic and acute low-back pain.

We are experts in the field. We take the time to appropriately evaluate you, the patient, to determine the cause of the pain and work out a proper treatment plan. That plan includes therapy, stretches at home, and (our safe and effective specialty) spinal manipulation for improved joint biomechanics.

When a patient comes into my office complaining of Low-Back Pain, I need to determine what the cause might be. As I chiropractor, the root cause of the pain is my focus. I am not going to give you a drug to just cover up the pain hoping the body will fix itself in time.

There can be a number of things that go wrong with a low-back and each can cause pain. Your chiropractic physician needs to be able to appropriately diagnose your exact problem. Here is just a short list:

  • Sciatica
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Disc Herniation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Chemically Mediated Discogenic Pain Syndrome
  • Muscle Strain
  • Ligament Sprain
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Stenosis
  • Subluxation
  • Facet Imbrication
  • and the list goes on and on….

You don’t need to know what each of those things are or how to fix them. Your chiropractor knows exactly what they are and how to correctly treat each one. Next time you have back pain, don’t reach for a pill! Reach for the phone and call your chiropractor!

Dr. Andrew White | St George Chiropractor

 

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apwhite <![CDATA[How chiropractic can help spinal stenosis]]> http://www.innova-pain.com/?p=1859 2017-08-02T22:55:04Z 2017-08-02T23:02:55Z Innova Pain Clinic

Lumbar stenosis comes in two major varieties.  There is central canal stenosis and lateral recess stenosis.  Both are problematic and can cause pain and disability.  Thankfully, both can be treated with safe, conservative, affordable chiropractic care. Central Canal Stenosis This type of stenosis can occur when the tube in which the spinal cord resides becomes […]

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Lumbar stenosis comes in two major varieties.  There is central canal stenosis and lateral recess stenosis.  Both are problematic and can cause pain and disability.  Thankfully, both can be treated with safe, conservative, affordable chiropractic care.

Central Canal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis

Notice how the spinal cord is being trapped in right-side image.

This type of stenosis can occur when the tube in which the spinal cord resides becomes more narrow, choking off the spinal cord.  This can happen when the lamina overgrow, or hypertrophy of certain ligaments that support the spine (PLL, and Ligamentum Flavum).   Sometimes, arthritic boney growths can cause stenosis as well.   The major concern is the health of the spinal cord.  If left untreated, it can cause permanent injury.

 

Lateral Recess Stenosis

Lateral Recess Stenosis is a tight fit

Just as a big bus moves through Needles Tunnel in SD, the spinal nerves exit the spinal and pass through the lateral recess.

The lateral recess is a section of the lumbar spine where the spinal nerves exit the spine and travel to the body parts.  It acts like a boney tunnel for the exiting nerve.  Certain spinal problems cause this tunnel to become more narrow.  Back in South Dakota, we have a popular summer destination called Needles Highway.  There is a tunnel carved into the granite.  It is a fairly narrow tunnel, cars can only travel single file through it.  It doesn’t look so tough to navigate when you are riding a motorcycle or driving a small car.  But things begin to take on a whole new perspective when you watch a tour bus go through the tunnel.  Buses just barely make it though.  They must pull in their mirrors and make very careful maneuvers.  And yes, occasionally, the big RVs do get stuck in the tunnel.  Traffic can get backed up for hours when that happens.

 

Chiropractic Treatment Options

Needles Highway.

This motorcycle has plenty of room to navigate the 8 foot 4 inch Needles Tunnel.

Stenosis can be effectively treated with chiropractic protocols.  I have been treating stenosis with great success since 1995.  The primary goal is not to open up the channel but to reduce the inflammation.  Think of that tunnel on Needles Highway.  We can’t make the tunnel bigger, but we can make the bus smaller so there is a better fit.  Inflammation on the nerve causes it to swell, turning our motorcycle nerve into a tour bus nerve.  With proper application of chiropractic therapies, we can reduce the inflammation and allow the nerve to return to its normal size.

In addition to reducing nerve irritation and inflammation, we can slow down the arthritis processes which are causing the tunnels to narrow.  This is a critical step in the management of stenosis.  If left unchecked, the narrowing will be worse and worse.

Dr. Andrew White
Stenosis Chiropractor St George Utah

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apwhite <![CDATA[Avoiding back pain on your hike]]> http://www.innova-pain.com/?p=1843 2017-06-28T17:28:59Z 2017-06-28T17:45:26Z Innova Pain Clinic

Now that Summer time is here in Southern Utah, it’s time to see your chiropractor and head out to Zion National Park for some backpacking.  Keep these healthy tips in mind as you prepare for your weekend adventure.  Make the most of the trip by preparing your equipment and yourself.  Come to Innova Pain Clinic […]

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Now that Summer time is here in Southern Utah, it’s time to see your chiropractor and head out to Zion National Park for some backpacking.  Keep these healthy tips in mind as you prepare for your weekend adventure.  Make the most of the trip by preparing your equipment and yourself.  Come to Innova Pain Clinic and get the kinks worked out of your back prior to your hike.

See a chiropractor before your hike in Zion

Zion is a lovely hike. But make sure you are properly equipped. Also make sure your prepare you joints for the hike.

Pack Light

We all know what we ought to take on a day hike.  Leave the extras at home.  You don’t need your laptop, 20 lbs of camera equipment, or Websters Dictionary.  Your back will be thanking you for taking the essentials.  Don’t go cheap on water though.  Even if it is a bit heavy.

 

Exercise In Advance

For a few weeks prior to your hike, get out and walk more, lots more.  You will need to toughen up your muscles and ligaments prior to your hike.  Just go for extended walks around the block.  If you can walk for an hour a day, every day, prior to your hike, it will greatly reduce your risk of a disuse atrophy induced muscle injury.

Correct Your Spine Early

If you have had a weakness or ‘catch’ in your weight-bearing joints.  Be sure to stop by our office for an evaluation.  A simple fix might really save the day for you.  That minor injury might flare up during your hike.  Let us fix you up ahead of time.

Use Walking Poles

When walking or hiking on trails, especially with a backpack, there is a forward shift in your weight bearing.  This places additional stresses into the hips.  By using hiking poles, you are able to transfer from of the weight through your arms.  It makes a big difference when going up hills.

 

Stretch Out Before You Set Out

Ok, you are at the park.  You have your poles, backpack, and water.  Before racing up to Angel’s Landing, take a few minutes to stretch out.  Stretching can improve the blood flow and reduce your risk of injury.  You will want to stretch your legs (front and back).  Stretch your back, shoulders, and neck.  You can find lots of good stretch demonstration videos on Youtube.

 

Dr. Andrew White | St George Chiropractor
Chiropractor St George UT

 

 

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apwhite <![CDATA[Tips on Super Exercises]]> http://www.innova-pain.com/?p=1835 2017-06-07T17:27:12Z 2017-06-07T17:35:39Z Innova Pain Clinic

Exercise is something we know we are supposed to be doing– just like seeing the dentist twice a year and your chiropractor every month. Our perfect St George UT weather allows us to stay active all year. Many chronic pains and diseases are best treated with a program that includes exercise. Here are a few […]

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Exercise is something we know we are supposed to be doing– just like seeing the dentist twice a year and your chiropractor every month. Our perfect St George UT weather allows us to stay active all year. Many chronic pains and diseases are best treated with a program that includes exercise. Here are a few tips on making your exercise program more friendly.

1) Schedule your workouts. You know you won’t find time to exercise. You have to carve it out of the day. Schedule it. This is your health we are talking about.

2) Keep on track. Soon you will have some schedule conflicts and you will feel that you need to skip a workout. Use your conflicts to reinforce your commitment to health, and keep that work-out appointment. You will feel more invigorated after your workout and you won’t have guilt for skipping out on your personal health-program.

3) Take hydration breaks. Don’t forget to take a break or two during your workout to rehydrate. Taking a 3 minute breather during your workout to rehydrate gives your muscles a chance to recover and exchange blood. This helps to avoid muscle cramping and next-day soreness.

4) Spice it up. Avoid boredom and monotony in your routine. Trade-out old exercises for new ones. Work different muscle groups in new ways to keep things fresh and innovative.

5) Lean on me. Many people find they have better results if they have an exercise partner. Your partner can help keep you motivated. Try working-out with a spouse, co-worker, or friend.

6) Be patient. Health and wellness is a path, not a destination. As long as you are on the path and moving forward, you are doing the right thing. Try not to get discouraged because you can’t seem to lose that last 20 pounds. Just be faithful to your program and stick to your schedule. Some of the benefits won’t be seeing for years. Remember, many chronic diseases are best treated with exercise.

As your St George family chiropractor, I will work with you on planning your exercise routine and demonstrating specific stretches to help you achieve your goals.

Dr. Andrew White | St George Chiropractor

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apwhite <![CDATA[Chronic Muscle Pain Relief]]> http://www.innova-pain.com/?p=3071 2017-03-22T17:19:10Z 2017-03-22T17:19:10Z Innova Pain Clinic

Patients often ask me how soon after an adjustment will they start to feel some improvement in their pain.  Of course the answer varies based on the diagnosis and overall health status of the patient.  Recent research shows that the answer to the question could be “immediately.” A team of researchers at the University of […]

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Patients often ask me how soon after an adjustment will they start to feel some improvement in their pain.  Of course the answer varies based on the diagnosis and overall health status of the patient.  Recent research shows that the answer to the question could be “immediately.”

A team of researchers at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada looked at how quickly pain levels dropped following chiropractic adjustments. The researchers looked at chronic muscle pain in one of the shoulder muscles and one of the gluteal muscles.  Using an algometer device, pressure pain in these muscles was measured following the adjustments.  The results are pretty exciting.  Pain was decreased in the chiropractic group and there was no change in the sham group.

Although the decrease in pain was temporary in this particular study, the evidence scientifically showed that there was an improvement using chiropractic care.   Those improvements in pain levels can help a patient return to activity and return to work faster.

Dr. Andrew White | St George Chiropractor

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Reference:

Immediate Effects of Spinal Manipulative Therapy on Regional Antinociceptive Effects in Myofascial Tissues in Healthy Young Adults
Srbely, John Z. et al.
Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics , Volume 36 , Issue 6 , 333 – 341

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apwhite <![CDATA[Headaches after Car Crash]]> http://www.innova-pain.com/?p=3066 2017-02-22T19:36:54Z 2017-02-22T19:36:54Z Innova Pain Clinic

When a person is involved in a car crash, even low speed collisions, headaches are a common result.  There are several different types of headaches which are result from a car collision.  Low energy impacts, not necessarily whiplash, can result in headaches as well. Traumatic Brain Injury Traumatic brain injury is an uncommon result in low […]

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When a person is involved in a car crash, even low speed collisions, headaches are a common result.  There are several different types of headaches which are result from a car collision.  Low energy impacts, not necessarily whiplash, can result in headaches as well.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Concussion Injury to Brain

Concussions need to be treated with mental rest as well as physical rest. St George Chiropractor, Dr. Andrew White has special training in dealing with concussion injuries related to whiplash and car accidents.

Traumatic brain injury is an uncommon result in low energy impacts but can be quite serious when they do occur.  During higher energy level collisions, the brain can essentially slosh around inside the skull, causing swelling and injury to the brain.  One result of TBI can be significant headache.  Common symptoms also include dizziness and vertigo.  There are very specific protocols for treating headaches associated with dramatic brain injury.

Migraine

It is not common for migraine headaches to originate from a vehicle collision.  However, it is quite common for people who already suffer from migraine headaches to have a significant increase in the frequency, intensity, and duration of their migraine headaches.  Most migraine headaches are associated with vasomotor responses.  Car crash energy’s forces can disturb the normal blood flow to the brain and trigger migraine headaches.

Muscle Tension Headache

Muscle tension headaches are fairly common following a motor vehicle collision.  With the amount of muscle spasm associated with protective posture during a collision, it is common to experience headache pain over the forehead, temples and eyes.  These types of headaches respond favorably to complete chiropractic care, including electrical muscle therapy such as interferential.

Cervicogenic Headache

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When soft-tissues of the neck become inflamed, they can produce radiating pain into the head.  Commonly these headaches present as pain in the back of the head.  They tend to be worse in the afternoon.  Cervicogenic headaches respond very favorably to complete chiropractic care.

Complete Chiropractic Care

Not all chiropractors treat injuries the same way.  We would not expect exact duplication of all approaches, but there are some common themes and protocols.  I do not recommend victims of car crashes see chiropractors who simply “crack necks” and dismiss the patient.  The “one treatment fits all” model is not appropriate for personal injuries.  The chiropractic physician should address the soft-tissue injuries as well as the joint mechanics.  He should be using therapies such as ultrasound, laser, EMS, AMRT, and prescribing home stretches as well.  In our St George UT chiropractor office, we do offer the additional therapies to help patients with their soft-tissue injuries.

Dr. Andrew White | St George Chiropractor

Reference:

Haas, M., etal.  Dose Response and Efficacy of Spinal Manipulation for Chronic Cervicogenic Headache: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.  The Spine Journal 2010; 10:117-128.

 

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apwhite <![CDATA[Prevent Back Pain While Gardening]]> http://www.innova-pain.com/?p=1804 2017-02-09T23:03:39Z 2017-02-09T23:15:04Z Innova Pain Clinic

Gardening can either be a chore or a relaxing recreation.  Either way, its important to protect your back from injury.  Here are some safe gardening tips from your St George chiropractor. Causes of Back Pain Frequently, the injuries we suffer while gardening result from repeated, low grade stresses to the ligaments and small joints of […]

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Gardening can either be a chore or a relaxing recreation.  Either way, its important to protect your back from injury.  Here are some safe gardening tips from your St George chiropractor.

Causes of Back Pain

Frequently, the injuries we suffer while gardening result from repeated, low grade stresses to the ligaments and small joints of the spine.  These stresses cause micro-injury which result in swelling and inflammation of the joints and ligaments.  Reactive muscle splinting creates the deep, dull achy pain, that we feel for the next few days.

Injury Prevention

There are many ways to prevent injuries while gardening. The way in which you bend and move determines how much stress is put on the spinal joints and ligaments.  By using certain muscles to protect your back you can reduce the likelihood of developing injury and pain. It is important to warm up before any strenuous activity is started. The simplest form of warming up is walking. Even walking for 7 minutes gives the body enough preparation to avoid most gardening related injuries.  So, take a quick walk around the block before gardening.  This should be followed by some stretching and flexibility exercises.  This only needs to take a couple of minutes.  Stretching the low-back and pelvic muscles might look funny to the neighbors, so it might be best to do them in the backyard or in the house.

Flexibility Stretches

The flexibility exercises should be done regularly once a day preferably in the morning and also before and after gardening.

  1. Lie down on your back, bend your right leg and pull the knee up to the chest keeping the other leg straight. Repeat on the left leg, and pull both knees up together. Repeat this exercise 2 or 3 times.
  2. Kneel on the floor on all fours, relax the back and let the spine go hollow, and then reverse the curve in the spine by arching the back. Repeat this 2 or 3 times.
  3. Stretching the front of the thigh: Standing up, support yourself with one hand against the wall and take hold of the right ankle with your right hand, bend your knee by pulling the heel towards your buttock until you feel a stretching sensation on the front of the thigh. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat this three times on each leg. If you feel any discomfort in your back stop the exercise.
  4. Stretching of the inside of the thigh: sitting cross legged, gently push down on your knees until you can feel the stretch. Repeat as above.

Chiropractic Gardening Tips

  1. Kneel on one leg rather than bending down repeatedly from the hips.
  2. Try and keep your back hollow when digging, with the legs well spaced apart. Use your legs rather than your back.
  3. Try and vary the tasks of the day into short bursts of different activities rather than slogging away all at one thing.
  4. When using a weed-eater try to resist the temptation to swing the mower from side to side in too great of an arc. Don’t over extend your reach. Instead mow forwards and backwards, and in small arcs.
  5. If you suffer from a knee problems and tend to stoop rather than kneel, then use a cushion to kneel on or gardening stool to sit on, try keeping the back as hollow as possible.
  6. Keep yourself warm and covered, i.e. keep shirts tucked in; this prevents the muscle from becoming chilled.
  7. If you ache the next day, rest, and seek the advice of your chiropractor who will advise you whether you should apply heat, or ice packs to the area, or if you require further treatment.

Dr. Andrew White | St George Chiropractor

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apwhite <![CDATA[Breathalyze Your Surgeon Before He Cuts.]]> http://www.innova-pain.com/?p=1792 2017-02-09T16:15:31Z 2017-01-23T17:50:04Z Innova Pain Clinic

The American College of Surgeons reports that more than 15% of respondents in a survey indicated that they may have alcohol dependency problems. Alcohol abuse is a “significant problem” for surgeons, according to the research. The February issue of the Archives of Surgery published the results. It reports that the rate of disorders of alcohol […]

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The American College of Surgeons reports that more than 15% of respondents in a survey indicated that they may have alcohol dependency problems. Alcohol abuse is a “significant problem” for surgeons, according to the research.

The February issue of the Archives of Surgery published the results. It reports that the rate of disorders of alcohol use (chronic use, abuse, and dependency) among the 7,197 responding surgeons was slightly higher than that of the general population.

The study also reported an association with medical errors. The study found that nearly 78% of surgeons who had a medical error in the previous three months also had an issue with alcohol abuse or dependency. Other stress factors included depression, personal problems, and burnout.

Hawkeye was pickled the whole time

You would let Hawkeye Pierce perform your spinal surgery?

The next time you start looking for a surgeon for your lower back pain, consider these results and ask yourself if there are some alternatives that ought to be explored before you expose yourself to the risk.

Dr. Andrew White | St George Chiropractor

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apwhite <![CDATA[Death of model Katie May]]> http://www.innova-pain.com/?p=3056 2016-10-28T00:02:02Z 2016-10-28T00:02:02Z Innova Pain Clinic

The very sad announcement of the death of Playboy model Katie May has prompted several questions about the safety of neck adjustments from chiropractors.  I have had a couple patients ask about the event.  I was not present for the examination and treatment rendered to Katie May, so I cannot comment on the specifics of the […]

Death of model Katie May

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The very sad announcement of the death of Playboy model Katie May has prompted several questions about the safety of neck adjustments from chiropractors.  I have had a couple patients ask about the event.  I was not present for the examination and treatment rendered to Katie May, so I cannot comment on the specifics of the case.

I can say that these types of injuries are incredibly rare.  When I was in chiropractic school in 1995,  the rate of this type of injury was 1 in 2 million adjustments.  The rate has dropped to about 1 in 5 million adjustments.  It still happens but chiropractors are careful to identify at-risk individuals and screen for risk factors.   The most at-risk category is a 37 year old female with an athletic build.  They are the most likely person to suffer the injury.

One might ask what can be done to reduce the risk of this type of injury.  The answer is simple, do not perform that type of neck adjustment.  The neck adjustment which causes the tear in the vertebral artery’s tunica intima is called a rotary cervical break.  It involves rotation and extension of the neck.  Not all chiropractors use this maneuver.  In fact, the maneuver has fallen out of favor because it is associate with this type of stroke injury- albeit very, very rarely.  But the risk is greater than zero and if your chiropractic physician can get the same or similar results using a safer technique, then that technique should be utilized.

In our St George Utah office, we utilize safer alternatives including Activator technique and non rotary cervical break maneuvers.    We get positive results in a safer environment.  I have been a chiropractor for 21 years and I have never caused the type of injury that lead to the death of Katie May.  I have personally known 5 patients who suffered the injury and survived.  So, the event does occur on very rare occasions.  Hopefully, with better screening and technique selection we can lower the risk even more.

Dr. Andrew White | St George Chiropractor

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apwhite <![CDATA[How to Avoid Common Ski Injuries]]> http://www.innova-pain.com/?p=1732 2016-10-17T15:12:31Z 2016-10-17T15:20:09Z Innova Pain Clinic

It won’t be long now.  Soon we will finally get some moisture in the mountains.  Time to head north for some skiing.  Skiing is great exercise; it burns 400 calories per hour; it strengthens your core, legs, and glutes.  Before you grab your gear and hit the slopes let’s consider a few things that can […]

How to Avoid Common Ski Injuries

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It won’t be long now.  Soon we will finally get some moisture in the mountains.  Time to head north for some skiing.  Skiing is great exercise; it burns 400 calories per hour; it strengthens your core, legs, and glutes.  Before you grab your gear and hit the slopes let’s consider a few things that can keep you safe.  As a chiropractor in St George UT, I see lots of snow related injuries.  The injured are commonly people who do not normally go skiing or snowboarding.

Injury rates while skiing increase in the afternoon.  Not because the snow is different, but because the skiers are not conditioned.  They push their bodies too hard and their tissues are not seasoned for the abuse.  Then they end up cutting their trip short, due to the injury, and they end up seeing me, their chiropractor.

Protect your knees

The prime injury on the slopes are to knees.  Tendonitis and bursitis can heal well with conservative care.  But ligament injuries can require some qualified help.  The more common ligament injuries are the ACL and MCL.  The accident which triggers an ACL or MCL injury is falling backwards.

A good way to avoid knee ligament injury is to stay on a program of strengthening the ligaments.  I recommend a program that involves lunges, scissors, and squats.  These activities can apply the correct amount of stress to the ligaments which will encourage the ligaments fibers to toughen up.

Protect your ankles

Properly fitting boots are key.  You don’t want sloppy boots which allow the ankles to roll, nor do you want boots too tight which focus stresses into certain boney areas of the shin or knee.

Once again, conditioning the tendons and ligaments beforehand is important.  Some great ankle work-outs include:

  • Heel Walking.  This exercise can help to strengthen the muscles which are prone to creating ‘shin-splints.’  Practice walking on your heels with your toes pointed up.
  • Inversion/Eversion Resitance.  Using a resistance band, force the foot into inversion (pointing your big toe to the opposite knee– right toe to left knee — so the sole of the foot is being exposed), and eversion — point the big toe down and out.  This type of resistance training can help stabilize the tendons and ligaments in the ankle and can help you avoid an ankle sprain or strain.
  • Tip Toes.  Stand on a stair or curb with just your toes and forefoot supporting your weight.  Slowly relax your ankle so you heel dips down relative to your toes.  Then flex your foot and calf muscles to lift the heel up as if you were going to stand on your tip-toes.  Hold that position for 10 seconds then relax and allow the heel to drop back down again.

Protect your hands

Gamekeepers Thumb - ski injury

Gamekeeper’s thumb is a common injury in a ski-fall. Balance and control exercises, as well as chiropractic tune-ups can reduce your risk of falling.

Aside from the obvious frostbite risk, the big issue with ski safety for the hand is ‘game-keepers thumb’.  If you fall with a pole attached to your hand, there is a risk of the pole spraining the thumb.

The best way to avoid this injury is not to fall.  The best way to avoid a fall is to practice your balance and coordination.  Using a wobble-board is a great posture and balance exercise.  You can get a wobble board from any major retailer.  Practice your balance with knees slightly bent.  Once your skills improve, then balance and do squats on the wobble-board.

Another excellent way to improve balance is to see your chiropractor regularly.  Regular chiropractic treatments can reduce nerve irritation and improve joint mobility.  This allows your body’s built-in balance mechanisms to work more efficiently.

Protect your shoulder

Just like the hand injury above, the best way to avoid the shoulder injury is to practice and improve your balance.

Another good idea is to stay within your comfort and skill level.   There is no need to impress the ski-instructor and strut your stuff on the black-diamond runs when you ought to be on the bunny slopes.

Strengthening the rotator cuff is the next step.  The shoulder stretches need to be demonstrated in the office.  So if you plan on going skiing in the next couple of months, stop by our office to get some education so you don’t hurt yourself.

Dr. Andrew White | St George Chiropractor

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