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Muscle strains, inflammation of joints and aches are bound to occur during a ski holiday.
The posture needed to ski or snowboard - slightly bent forward - can be counteracted with some small tricks, claims osteopath Michael Fatica, co-founder of the Mayfair Clinic in London.
Towel - Intervals - Back - Exercises - Body
Lying over a rolled-up towel for five-minute intervals can arch the lower back, and basic exercises can keep the body from 'seizing up'.
In a piece for The Hippocratic Post, he outlines what to do before and during a ski holiday for ultimate care, whether you are a seasoned skier or it's your first time on the slopes.
Preparation - Sport - People - Neck - Problems
With the right preparation, the sport can actually be beneficial for people with back and neck problems and people 'well past their 50s'.
You'll be fine as long as you're sensible and adjust your skiing habits and intensity in line with your ability and levels of comfort.
Strength - Trip - Manner - August - September
It's also crucial to build up your strength before your trip in an effective manner, often as early as August or September for New Year holidays.
Skiing puts huge amounts of pressure on the legs and lower back muscles, which are simply not conditioned to deal with the unique duration often spent on the slopes. Simple, regular stretching or a massage at the end of each day will help keep muscles in good condition. A warm shower or bath will also provide welcome relief.
Stress - Fatigue - Back - Skiers - Cold
Repetitive stress and fatigue of the lower back are extremely common among skiers. Cold ice placed on the base of the spine for five minutes at the end of the day will help ease any inflammation.
Realign your posture
Towel - Intervals - Back - Bent - Position
Lying over a rolled-up towel for five-minute intervals will help arch the lower back, which is very important to counteract the constant 'forward bent' position skiing requires.
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