See Your Chiropractor For Water Sports Injuries
Participating in water sports during the summer – whether boating, jet skiing, kayaking, water skiing, surfing or paddle boarding – carries with it the risk of injury. Common incidents that lead to water sports injuries include capsizing, being ejected from a moving boat, colliding with foreign objects in the water or simply wiping out while water skiing, surfing or wakeboarding, according to chiropractor Dr. Cynthia Boyd of Symmetry Health Center in Oakland and Alameda, California.
Any of those accidents can twist and turn your body in ways it isn’t accustomed to twist – potentially injuring your back. Wakeboarding injuries include tearing your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), dislocating a shoulder or spraining an ankle. Water skiing can strain your quadriceps and your abs.
Whiplash, typically associated with car accidents, also occurs on the water if you are thrown from a boat or capsize while waterskiing or jet skiing. Whiplash – which occurs when your spine whips backward and forward – can push your neck muscles and ligaments past their limits and shift your spine out of alignment.
When your spine is misaligned, the misalignment puts pressure on the delicate nerves in the spinal cord. The resulting interruption in the flow of energy through your body interferes with the signals being sent to your limbs and organs. The result? Pain, numbness, tingling, and irritation of the spinal cord and spinal nerves.
Without treatment, your body may heal improperly, setting you up for a lifetime of chronic pain. Chiropractic care corrects those spinal misalignments, gently guiding the shifted vertebrae back into their proper positions and alleviating the pain.
Chiropractors also can help keep your joints healthy and lubricated, so they’ll better withstand any impact against the water.
At Symmetry Health Center, Dr. Boyd and her team are experts in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a method of remodeling and realigning the spine to restore normal nerve flow. The team at Symmetry Health Center is among only a handful of Oakland, Alameda and East Bay chiropractors trained in CBP, the most research- and results-oriented corrective chiropractic technique.
If you’re feeling the effects of a water sports injury, take advantage of our no-charge consultation to determine whether you or a loved one is a candidate for care at Symmetry Health Center. Call 510-769-0125 for our location in Alameda and 510-654-2207 to reach our Oakland/Berkeley office