Over the past year, exercise and staying healthy has been on the back burner when it comes to a global pandemic takeover. With gyms, parks, hiking trails, and golf courses all being closed, it has been very difficult for everyone to keep up with their daily exercise routines and healthy diets. Now that potential exercise freedom is on the horizon, it is time for us to get up and get moving.
Who is the King of Cracks?
Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Jimmy Sayegh, and I am a licensed Chiropractic physician in the state of California. I specialize in general chiropractic care and sports medicine for acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries. I am widely known by my social media alias, “The King of Cracks,” where I am able to use social media outlets to display my work and introduce the world to the importance of health care and chiropractic. I currently own my own practice, Elevate Chiropractic, in the beautiful city of Rancho Cucamonga—where I am able to provide quality care to my patients as well as help thousands of people with their health and exercise goals. With over 10 years experience in patient care, I treat injuries and discuss injury prevention daily with my patients.
As the clouds start to open and the sun starts to shine, we know that summer is upon us, and it's time to get outdoors and get moving again. Activities such as hiking, biking, running, swimming, barbeques or family gatherings, and recreational spots become a part of our weekly schedules. With that being said, injuries can occur and it's important to remember a few tips to prevent them. One of the most important aspects of any physical activity is preparing the body for the demand required. Home care such as stretching, exercises, icing, heating, and foam rolling are some of the many things I recommend daily to my patients.
How Does the Chirp Wheel Help?
I recently came across an amazing product that I have been recommending to many of my patients and followers. Say goodbye to the traditional foam roller and say hello to the Chirp Wheel. With its various sizes, soft foam padding and inner groove, it has become a staple in my office and has helped me prevent many injuries with my vigorous and strenuous work life. The inner groove helps provide deeper and a more penetrating release to your muscles and joints without putting too much pressure on the spine. One of the most efficient aspects of foam rolling with the Chirp Wheel is being able to reach certain areas when you don't have a massage therapist handy—let’s be honest, how many of us do? With the wheel’s small, medium, and large sizes, it is easy to find the best fit for you and reach your post recovery goals. Foam rolling and self care can be one of the most important things you can do if you are like me and love to exercise and avoid those injuries.
Crucial Tips to Prevent Muscle Pain
If you are someone who suffers from chronic pain or someone who just loves to get out and stay healthy, simple modifications to your summer physical activities can make a world of a difference when it comes to injury prevention.
Warm up and cool down: Simple steps like taking the time to get an active warm up prior to exercise and a static cool down stretch following exercise can really help prevent excessive pressure or stress to the spine, joints, and muscles.
Stay hydrated: Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help hydrate and keep your muscles happy. Muscles rely on hydration to stay loose and less tense—so do yourself a favor and keep those muscles hydrated.
Include vitamins and supplements in your diet: Make sure to eat a proper diet that gives you all types of various nutrients and vitamins. One of the best ways and something I preach daily to my patients is juicing. Things like dark green veggies, berries, ginger root, and turmeric help get you the necessary post recovery vitamins and also help keep inflammation down.
Maintain good posture and a strong core: Developing good postural habits and building a strong core will protect the spine and provide the proper strength needed to prevent spinal injuries. Avoid things like constant downward looking, such as computer and cell phone use and cut those bad postural habits when driving or watching TV. Make sure to have good ergonomics at your work station and take frequent breaks.
Get Adjusted: Visit your local chiropractor for monthly check-ups and adjustments to ensure proper mobility and healthy joints. Chiropractors are trained to assess your spine and find potential stressors that can lead to injuries and cause problems with your physical activities.
And finally, some of the most important tips for self care: icing, heating, and rolling out those muscles with the amazing Chirp Wheel.
Advice on health care and injuries is something I provide my patients and followers daily. You can always find my work or reach me on all social media platforms including Instagram, Tiktok, and YouTube, @kingofcracks. You can find more awesome information about your health care at www.thekingofcracks.com. Until next time, stay healthy, stay moving and avoid those injuries.
Jimmy Sayegh, DC
King of Cracks