Injury & Prevention: Don't start the New Year on the D.L.

by Dr. Alan Post, DC

There is a reason why many people choose getting into better shape as a New Year’s resolution: Most people do not get as much exercise as their bodies need. Unfortunately, the enthusiasm to keep that New Year’s resolution can lead many people to overdo it, resulting in soreness and sometimes injury. That’s why your New Year’s resolution should probably include something more than workouts to achieve your overall fitness goal.

One of the many benefits of chiropractic is that it can minimize both the possibility of injury and the severity of injury. This is accomplished through chiropractic adjustment. By aligning the spine, you reduce stress on that part of the body and anything impacted by the spine (which is pretty much everything). This benefits anybody headed back to the gym or workout regimen because a stressed body is more susceptible to injury than one that is less stressed.

While there are many exercises and activities that have great benefits—e.g. running—you have to be aware that some of these exercises can put physical stress on your body. That’s largely why so many professional athletes receive regular adjustments from chiropractors. That list includes such names as Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, Jerry Rice, Evander Holyfield and Aaron Rodgers (Aaron’s father is chiropractor and the QB has received adjustments his entire life).

Of course, these are people whose livelihood depends on keeping their bodies in peak condition. Yet when you really get down to it, doesn’t yours as well?

Think about when you are most productive in all phases of your life. Is it when you are active in your off hours and taking better care of yourself through diet and exercise? Or is it during the holidays when the workouts slow down and you overindulge at the dinner table? You know the answer to that one. You make a New Year’s resolution to get in better shape so you perform better wearing all the hats you might wear—spouse, parent, worker, sibling, etc.  And that’s a feeling you want to extend well beyond January.

According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) reports, 12 percent of new gym members join in January. A standard 50 percent of all new health club members year round quit within the first six months, with 80 percent of the New Year’s resolutions crowd dropping their membership by the second week of February.

Those numbers indicate many things, but mostly that resolutions to fitness alone do not work. It really must be an overall commitment to wellness that you can incorporate into the rest of your life and not just for a period of time. With proper nutrition, exercise and stress-reducing activities like chiropractic, 2016 can really be the first year of the rest of your life.

Dr. Alan Post is a member of the Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island and a practitioner at Absolute Chiropractic in North Kingstown, RI. For more information, visit

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