Weekend warriors: Monday through Friday, we sit during our commutes, sit at desks for 8+ hours, sit on the couch after dinner — we sit and sit and sit. Then bam, out of nowhere, we’re pushing our bodies to their limits on Saturday and Sunday, only to return to work weary, sore, achy, and unfortunately, sometimes injured.
At Bomberg Chiropractic, we know how frustrating the physical repercussions of the weekend warrior lifestyle can be, and we’re here to help. Below, we’re discussing why every weekend warrior requires ongoing chiropractic care and how routine treatments can improve your overall well-being and performance all week long.
What’s the Problem With Being a Weekend Warrior?
If you have to sit all day during the workweek, isn’t getting physical activity on the weekend a good thing? In a word, absolutely! However, a week full of uninterrupted sitting, followed by intense bursts of physical activity, can quickly cause problems if you neglect ongoing physical care.
If you get little to no physical activity during the workweek, how then, can you expect your body to serve you relentlessly on the days you finally have an opportunity to get up, get out, and get moving? Though the human body is an incredible organism, it’s certainly not injury proof (as you most certainly know).
If you don’t prepare your musculoskeletal system for bouts of heavy activity — through both ongoing chiropractic care and increased activity during the week — it won’t perform the way you want it to. And unfortunately, injury is typically the result.
Why Do Weekend Warrior Benefit From Ongoing Chiropractic Care?
Your musculoskeletal system is a highly complex network of bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and other connective tissues that provides stability, support, and movement to your body. These system components are all governed by your central nervous system, which is comprised of your brain and spinal cord.
Because the nerves that control every muscle and bone in your body stem from your spinal cord, the health of your spine is critical, not only for your athletic performance, but also for the well-being of your entire body. When your spine has problems in the form of misalignments, those problems have far-reaching effects you may never think to attribute to your spine.
Furthermore, peripheral joint issues (problems with joints that are not part of your spine) often occur among weekend warriors. Problems like knee pain, ankle pain, and shoulder pain are common among weekend athletes, as are connective tissue problems such as strains, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis. Though these issues may not stem from the spine itself, a chiropractor doesn’t just treat the spine; he treats the entire body as a holistic unit.
That’s why ongoing chiropractic care is so essential for weekend warriors. Your chiropractor helps your entire body maintain proper functioning. As a result, you experience better performance on the weekends, fewer injuries, and decreased discomfort throughout the workweek.
Chiropractic Care: Which Treatments Work Well for the Weekend Warrior?
When it comes to ongoing chiropractic wellness treatments, the weekend warrior can benefit from just about all of them. At Bomberg Chiropractic, we know how important an active lifestyle is for overall well-being, which is why we offer a wide variety of treatments to help support that lifestyle. For the weekend warrior, we provide:
● Chiropractic Adjustments. This is the quintessential form of care most people envision when they think about seeing a chiropractor. Through routine adjustments, we maintain proper alignment throughout your spine, helping to ensure proper nerve function, mobility, and overall performance. Adjustments to peripheral joints, such as the ankles, knees, and shoulders, are also critical for maintaining optimal mobility.
● Movement-Based Massage. Also known as Active Release Technique, this unique and highly effective form of massage is designed to target active trigger points throughout the body. Trigger points, more commonly referred to as muscular “knots” can cause unrelenting discomfort that radiates to the tissues surrounding the knot.
Because they are often caused by a buildup of activity-related scar tissue, trigger points can also limit mobility significantly. By targeting and releasing these dense, contracted areas through passive movement and precise application of pressure, we gradually relieve discomfort and restore range of motion.
● Kinesio Taping. Ever seen athletes with strips of tape around their joints? That’s Kinesio Tape. This treatment works wonders for supporting joints, muscles, and connective tissue, without restricting movement or performance.
By strategically applying Kinesio Tape in specific areas throughout your body, we’ll help you reduce exercise-related inflammation, improve joint alignment, support normal range of motion, and improve your body’s ability to recover after activity. Kinesio tape is also a great way to help maintain your ongoing chiropractic adjustments.
● TENS Therapy. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation uses low-voltage electrical currents to override nerves’ pain signaling to the brain. Though the treatment typically provides temporary pain relief, in some cases, the results prove long lasting.
On its own, TENS therapy is effective for improving injury-related recovery time, along with muscle soreness. However, when the therapy is combined with other treatments, such as chiropractic adjustments and movement-based massage, overall results are much more pronounced.
Keep in mind the above list is far from comprehensive. Curious what else we can do help you feel and perform your best throughout the entire week? Check out our full breakdown of chiropractic services here!
Looking for a New Hope Chiropractor? Contact Bomberg Chiropractic Today
At Bomberg Chiropractic, we’re committed to helping Twin Cities residents feel and perform their best. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, a desk worker, a high-level athlete, or anything in between, we’re here to help you maintain a healthy, high-functioning body over the long term. To learn more about our services or schedule your appointment, feel free to give us a call at 763-450-1755. You can also get in touch with us by filling out our contact form, and a member of our team will reach out to you promptly.