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Tending to those Summer Injuries with Movement

Summer is a season that is full of some of the best stuff in life: sunshine, amazing food, long hot days and comfortable warm nights, and of course, SPORTS. Activities such as rock climbing, cliff jumping, water skiing, kayaking, kite boarding, mountain biking, and hiking all call out to us, and many of them result in little injuries here and there. Whether it is a twisted ankle, a pulled muscle, a dislocated shoulder, and sometimes if you get a little too excited, a broken bone or two, summer can leave some of us feeling a bit wounded.

However, now that the days are getting a bit shorter and the weather a bit cooler, we should tend to these injuries with more movement rather than just sit and wait for them to get better. When we feel pain, the natural instinct for the body is to shift work onto the areas that are not affected. While doing this, it allows us to keep the injured part still so it has time to recover. This may seem like a good thing, and to an extent it is, however one thing the body doesn’t help you with is making sure that injured part gets back to functioning normally. Instead, our bodies will compensate for pain and avoid strengthening the weakened area to such an extent that it can lead to new issues. To name a few: tension in one area of the body leading to pain, tensing muscles leading to spasms, and a myriad of posture issues.

In order to prevent this, do not be afraid to get the injured area of your body moving again. It doesn’t have to be anything too intense, in fact if you have a more serious injury intense exercise can make it much worse. That said, make sure you get that area moving when you can with some gentle sports. You could try gentle swim routines, yin or restorative yoga, and of course rehabilitative pilates. Just as a little reminder, pilates was developed to help rehabilitate injuries starting with slow, basic movements and working your way up to strengthening and toning. Therefore it can act as a key asset for rehabilitating injuries in combination with the rest of your exercise regimen.

And just as a little extra incentive to keep those bodies moving and conditioned, while the great sports of summer may be behind, the amazing sports of winter are ahead. Skiing, snowboarding, snow-shoeing, ice skating, hockey, and sledding. All the more reason to make sure you aren’t sore by the time those mountains get some snowfall.