Chiropractic offers relief for people who over train

While “weekend warrior” might be a term most people know, another for “workout warriors” has crept into our lexicon: redlining. The term refers to people who over-train at the gym or run or walk far too many miles during the course of a week. These redliners show a number of physical and psychological symptoms and can be doing real damage to their bodies.

“Working out and exercise is good for you. That’s true. Unfortunately, many take that to an extreme thinking that working out more is even better for you. And that’s when problems begin,” said Dr. David Dwyer, president of the Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island and chiropractic physician at Tollgate Chiropractic in Warwick and Wakefield, Rhode Island.

Redliners or people who over-train often experience a number of symptoms. Those can include: aches and pains for days after a workout; fatigue and poor sleep; and a high resting heart rate. Additionally, overtraining can cause low testosterone and high cortisol (stress hormone) levels and fatigue your adrenal glands. Some of those symptoms include low energy, low libido, irritability, weight gain, depression, difficulty sleeping, and a decrease in strength.

“One way to minimize the impact of redlining or over-training is to incorporate chiropractic as part of your wellness program,” said Dr. Dwyer. “Chiropractic offers pain management and pain minimization to control aches and soreness and has been known to improve people’s sleep, something that redliners greatly need. Additionally, a chiropractic physician is a trained professional who can detect the symptoms of redlining and make recommendations to help avoid more serious complications. Recommendations can include rest, adjustments to diet and sleep, as well as alternative, lighter exercise programs that focus on flexibility.”

If you are not currently seeing a chiropractor and want to explore how chiropractic can help prevent redlining while benefiting your overall condition, you can utilize the Find A Doctor feature on our website. 

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