Ski season is here. Are you ready? And by ready, we’re not talking about your jazzy new gear and Mt. Bachelor season pass. We’re talking about your body – is it ready? Or do you have underlying issues, injuries or pain points that need addressing?  Before you head to the hill this winter, take the time to check in with your total body health. It will be well worth avoiding the cost of injury later on.

Before you hit the slopes, it is important to check in with your chiropractor about any underlying problems in your:

  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Back
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Wrists/Ankles

If you are weak in one of these areas because of an old injury or muscle pain, you could do additional damage on the slopes without even being aware of it. You might overcompensate for pain or fear of re-injury and lose some of your effective and safe skiing techniques. This in turn might cause a fall or increased tension elsewhere in the body.

It is also a good idea to start conditioning and strengthening your core and lower extremities. Working squats and planks into your regular exercise routine is a great way to prepare. Aerobic exercise is important too so try increasing your cardio activities a few weeks before the ski season begins.

If you do suffer an injury while on the slopes this winter, see your Bend chiropractor as soon as possible to get on a path to healing and recovery.

At Total Body Chiropractic & Massage we help skiers and snowboarders of all levels stay healthy and pain-free during one of the best seasons in Bend, Oregon.