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It’s summer! Get active and be safe

Hooray – it’s summertime! This is one of my favorite times of year in Colorado because it means taking part in lots of fun outdoor activities, like hiking, biking, climbing, and so much more. I always tell people that if you like Colorado in the winter, you’re going to love it in the summer. However, with increased activity comes increased possibility of injury. We want you to be safe and not injure yourself because no one wants to be sidelined for the summer.

One of the things that I see so frequently is people increasing their activity level on a compromised system. Your system may not be at its best even if you are not currently nursing an injury. In fact, this is quite true for most people, especially for Weekend Warriors. People generally have had hundreds of mild injuries over the years that bother them for a little bit but they keep going. Mild injuries that pile up on top of each other will eventually lead to the whole system being compromised. Once the system is compromised, it leaves people very prone to injury. In a compromised state, it is very easy to just do one little thing and experience injury – the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

For most people, there can be a big disconnect between the functionality and fitness of their spinal structure and neural behavior and how they perceive and experience their functionality and fitness. When we test clients, we do so when they are in passive mode, either sitting or standing still, and we will see significant NeuroStructural shifts. If we see these shifts when a person is in passive mode, what do you think would happen if they were to go into active mode and bike ride for five hours on a compromised system or climb the Flat Irons or hike Mt. Sanitas? You got it – injuries.

When injury happens, it is very common for people to say: “I didn’t do anything that I don’t always do”. This may be true but adding activity on top of a system that slowly over the years has become more and more compromised is inviting injury even if the activity is not new to you. Your system needs to be at its best to perform at its best.
If you want to avoid injury, the best thing to do is optimize your NeuroStructural system and keep it that way. Whether you feel good or feel bad, make sure that your spinal structure and nerve system will support you by being flexible, responsive, and adaptable so you can enjoy this beautiful Colorado summer. If you’d like to check out your NeuroStructural system, contact us today at 303-998-1000 or click the link below.

By Dr. Daniel KnowlesJune 29, 2018

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