Summer is the “no pain, no gain,” season of athletic endeavor: the onset of warm weather in the Bay Area inspires many people to let their inner beach body shine. At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, we support any athletic enterprise that contributes to a healthier, more resilient body. But there are limits!
The recipe for muscle and stamina building relies on a delicate balance between training and rest. Training breaks down the muscle fibers, precipitating a period of hypertrophy: the cellular process by which the muscles repair and rebuild. For muscles to grow back stronger, a proper amount of rest is required during which the following equation must be in place: muscle protein synthesis>muscle protein breakdown.
Overtraining occurs when you surpass the outer limit of your body’s ability to recover and rebuild. In other words, you are not giving your body enough rest before training is resumed. This can be counterproductive to your muscle building efforts, not to mention detrimental to your overall quality of life. Furthermore, it often leads to injury.
To this end, we provide expertise and support for the recovery period of strengthening. There are ways we can influence a quicker rebound, including hydration and proper nutrition. Chiropractic treatment focuses on correcting muscular imbalance, making your body less vulnerable to injury.
Life is about balance: a productive workout depends on solid foundations. Often times all it takes is a conversation with an expert to add that missing ingredient to your repertoire.
Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C.