As anyone with a cottage will be able to tell you, these last weeks of summer are the perfect time to go swimming. After all, the lakes that have been slowly heating all summer are as warm as they’re going to get, and most bodies of water are still cool enough to be refreshing. And while catching a few laps at the pool or wading around at the beach can be a fun way to enjoy the sunshine, it can also be the perfect complement to your Toronto chiropractic treatment.
There’s a good reason that most physical rehabilitation facilities have a pool. Swimming is extremely low-impact; it doesn’t jar your joints, it doesn’t require sudden wrenching or twisting of the joints, and it doesn’t cause sudden strains on your muscles. Movement is fluid, and effort is gradual and continuous, making it perfect for those experiencing back pain, tendon injury, or muscular damage.
In other words, it’s a great way to get a workout with minimal risk of injury.
Swimming for Pain Management
It might seem counter-intuitive, but low-impact activities such as swimming have been proven to help relieve pain. Light, low-impact exercise helps you not only stretch and ‘work through’ minor pains, but also allows you to strengthen the muscles that are bothering you, making you less susceptible to pain in the future.
Caution: Know Your Limits
While swimming is a great way to strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility, and work through minor pains, it’s extremely important that you always listen to your body. If you feel that your pain is getting worse, if you’re experiencing severe discomfort, or if you feel uncomfortable attempting the exercise in the first place, stop immediately and consult your chiropractor.
When it comes to your health, we always recommend erring on the side of caution.
Also remember to always swim in a safe environment. Make sure you’re in a designated swimming area, away from rocks, rapids, undertows, and debris, and that you always swim with a friend or lifeguard nearby who can keep an eye on you and help you if you need them.
Of course, swimming is a complement for regular chiropractic treatment. By combining ‘routine maintenance’ adjustments with regular low-impact exercise such as swimming, you can work to keep your back as healthy as possible. To schedule a ‘tune-up’ appointment, contact us today!