Every year, 20 percent of adults and more than 17 percent of children end up going to the Emergency Room – 27 percent of these visits occur in the summer months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Take a moment to read our summer health tips, which may prevent a trip to the ER.
- Warm-Up: Summer is the perfect time to get outside and have fun! A proper warm-up (which may or may not include stretching) before an activity helps loosen muscles, joints and ligaments. Because there is no one-size-fits-all warm-up or stretching recommendations, it is important to work with a professional. Physical therapy exercises, along with a customized warm-up program are key to reducing the risk of injuries.
- Exercise: Go outside and play! Exercise helps strengthen muscles and improves posture, coordination, balance, endurance and range-of-motion. Spend quality time with the family; just pick an activity – swim, cycle, go hiking or take a nature walk together. Remember to wear appropriate equipment and clothing, use sun protection and don’t overdo!
- Eat Healthy: Work with a Nutritionist to help you make realistic small changes. You can lose weight, reduce inflammation and increase energy – not to mention reduce feeling bloated and developing digestive disturbances. Add more vegetables and fresh fruit into your diet, avoid overdoing tempting BBQs, pay attention to portion size, and when possible – cook at home. There are so many healthy at-home meals, which are fun to make and taste great! Small changes can have a huge impact on your health!
- Prevent Dehydration: Being properly hydrated helps the body function, flush out toxins and regulates body temperature. Sweating depletes the body of water, which can cause muscle cramps. Water keeps muscles lubricated. In general, drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day – however, age, activity level and health conditions may increase or decrease this intake number. Therefore, it is important to speak with your Doctor, Therapist or Nutritionist when determining how much water is needed to prevent dehydration. If you just don’t like the taste of water… try adding some lemon, lime or orange slices.
- Chiropractic Tune-Up: Seeing a Chiropractor, especially during the summer offers a multitude of benefits. A spine that is properly aligned helps relieve tension and pressure, allowing you to move more and with ease. In addition, it boosts your immune system – to fight sickness, and helps correct all the added stress due to amusement park fun and summer travel.
Protect you health with our summer health tips. Eat healthy and prevent dehydration by working with a Nutritionist. Physical therapy exercises help improve/increase energy, flexibility and circulation to various parts of the body. Seeing a Chiropractor in the summer will help your body stay strong and function at an optimal level. If you would like to learn more or are experiencing summer aches or pain, our Team of Doctors and Therapists are ready to help you feel better. Contact us at (732) 254-5553.