Did You Know That Most World-Class Athletes See A Chiropractor?
I’ve been watching the Olympics in the evenings with my kids. My son’s favorite thing to look up on OnDemand is the “Best Crashes of the Olympics.” Man, there are a lot of them. As a chiropractor, I can’t help but wince and think “Ouch!” like everyone else, and then, “That’s a bad whiplash injury that’s going to cause him neck pain long-term if he doesn’t receive corrective care.” Unfortunately, these injuries don’t completely heal themselves.
Most of my patients participate in or strive to participate in some sort of athletic sport, be it running, rock climbing, mountain biking, or yoga. Trying to do a sport while you’re injured can be difficult and even make the injury worse. Many of my patients seek treatment from me so that they can continue doing the sports they enjoy.
But it isn’t just injured everyday athletes who seek help from chiropractors. It is estimated around 90% of world-class athletes regularly use chiropractic care to improve their performance and prevent injuries. 100% of NFL teams employ on-staff chiropractors. 72% of PGA golfers and the majority of NBA, MLB and NHL teams also use chiropractors on their staff. And of course, there is a team of chiropractors servicing the athletes at the winter Olympics right now.
“Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better,” says New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. “When I walk out of the clinic, I feel like I’m about three inches taller and everything’s in place. And as long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.”
Pain and Injury Treatment
Regular adjustments can help athletes by treating injuries from high impact sports, which can cause as much strain to the body as an auto accident. Spinal adjustments reduce irritation of the nerve roots between the vertebrae, improve blood flow to injured areas, and realign joints that may become misaligned during impact. These misalignments can increase wear and tear on the cartilage that protects our bones during joint movement. By reducing the amount of strain that regular sports activities can cause, athletes will spend more time out in the field doing what they love.
Chiropractic care can help athletes achieve and maintain peak performance. Regular adjustments keep the spine working smoothly, which in turn boosts the body’s overall performance. In one study, athletes showed a 6.12 percent performance increase after receiving chiropractic treatment. Another study found a 30 percent improvement in eye-hand coordination after 12 weeks of chiropractic care.
A plan can be tailored to each athlete to focus on areas of weakness to help rehabilitate the area and provide better strength and improved range of motion. When the spine and joints are in proper alignment, less strain is being placed on certain muscles which would normally have to make up for the loss of stability in misaligned areas. This means that the muscles are able to respond more readily to movements they were made to complete and are not working overtime to support other areas. The result is increased strength, improved range of motion, and fewer opportunities to get strains and sprains.
A 2009 study titled “Cervical Spine Injuries and the Return to Football” showed a strong correlation between an athlete’s neck curve and the extent of injury sustained during head-first or direct impact blows to the front-top of the skull. In the study, athletes presenting with straight or reversed cervical (neck) curves were prone to complex injuries to tissue and nerve roots, while those who maintain a normal cervical curve reduced the chance of long-term and complex injuries.
Screening for neck curve abnormalities should be part of every athlete’s routine. Ensuring a correct cervical curve protects athletes from severe injuries.
For those of us who don’t sustain regular blows to the head, spinal screening still ensures optimal health and wellness and protects us from severe injuries after traumas such as whiplash (see my whiplash article here). Also, having a normal curvature in your neck relaxes your muscles and nerves, and gives you more energy. This enables you to more efficiently practice your sport without tight muscles, pain or fatigue.
Drug Free and Noninvasive Treatment
Chiropractic can help athletes recover without the use of painkillers or invasive surgery. Myofascial Release Technique (MFRT) applies massage and stretching to movement of the affected joint through range of motion. MFRT can be used to break down scar tissue, and vibration massage tools can release muscle tension and provide important input into the brain, allowing joints that are locked up to release more easily and go back to a more normal state. Nerve pain that is associated with subluxations (abnormal motion of the joints) in the spine can be reduced or eliminated with regular adjustments, corrective care, and exercise, which help return the spine to a more normal position that is ideally suited to bear the weight of the human body.
Are you suffering from sports-related pains? Would you like to improve your game and protect yourself from complicated injuries? Call us at 510-922-1579 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your next appointment.
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