As the weather heats up, it’s important to warm up before strenuous activities

Drs. Chris Muller and Brandon Siwy of Muller Chiropractic.Drs. Chris Muller and Brandon Siwy of Muller Chiropractic.

With warmer weather taking hold in Western New York, residents are quickly returning to their favorite seasonal activities such as jogging, biking, hiking, softball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, golf and gardening, to name just a few. But if you were inactive for much of the winter, you’ll want to take some extra steps to ensure your body is ready to cooperate.

“We see a lot of the same injuries every year when the weather turns and everyone begins spending more time outdoors,” said Dr. Brandon Siwy, a chiropractor with Muller Chiropractic, located at 3083 William St. in Cheektowaga. “Athletes who do not properly warm up and stretch before a game often experience lower back and shoulder injuries and a variety of strains and sprains.”

“It’s the same result with gardeners,” added Dr. Chris Muller. “Bending forward and twisting while planting and lifting bags of mulch are often too much stress on the body after a long winter. It’s like clockwork; we see the same issues year after year.”

Routine chiropractic maintenance can be the answer to these seasonal ailments, and a solution for those experiencing pain from too much sudden activity.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), for example, is a method that allows you to stretch, relax and contract against resistance to further achieve maximum flexibility. The Myofascial Release Technique (MRT) is a way to relax and heal damaged soft tissue and restricted muscles. Muscle adhesions are broken up with constant controlled pressure and movement. Lastly, the Active Release Technique (ART) is a manual, hands-on approach that relieves soft tissue tension by removing adhesions and therefore promotes blood flow and healing.

Those experiencing pain and considering chiropractic care for relief will undergo a complete spinal examination prior to treatment. While a proper course of treatment varies from person to person, patients will typically experience relief and a return to normal activity after one to five treatments, depending on the severity of the injury.

“Treatment goals include a reduction of pain, increased flexibility and range of motion, and a return to the activities of daily living,” added Dr. Siwy, a member of the New York State and American Chiropractic Associations who also has 10 years of physical therapy, personal training and healthcare experience.

“Your path to better health begins here. When you walk through our door, you become family,” said Dr. Muller, who has been treating patients for more than 30 years.

For more information, please visit mullerchiropractic.net. To schedule an appointment, please call (716) 894-2959. New patients are currently being accepted.

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