With all of the knowledge we have today about the benefits of chiropractic care, you would think that more people would make it a part of their regular health and wellness routine. Even professional athletes make use of this service, with over 90 percent of professional and high-level competitors using chiropractic to increase performance and help to heal from and prevent injury. Amateur athletes of all ages should also take advantage of the services of a qualified chiropractor. Here are several reasons why athletes and sports chiropractic care go hand in hand.
Sports Chiropractic: Treating Injury
Part of chiropractic care is a whole-body approach to healing; that is, the idea that the human body is an amazing machine that is capable, with help, of healing itself. When an athlete suffers a sports injury of any of a broad range of possibilities, chiropractic can be a big part of rehabilitation.
Since the back is the home of the nervous system, the core of all your body’s functions, proper adjustments can help your body heal many injuries from headaches to back, neck and shoulder pain to issues with coordination and muscle function and even something as distant as a sprained ankle.
Non-Invasive and Avoiding Drugs
Surgery can take weeks and months from which to recover, and the side effects from drug therapy are many and varied, and always unpleasant. Not only does chiropractic offer a non-invasive and effective alternative to surgery and drugs, it often can leave the recipient feeling good soon if not immediately after.
Undo Damage and Improve Performance
Athletes suffer a lot of punishment on a daily basis. Even when they’re not injured, their bodies take a great deal of stress and abuse. It can sometimes take half a week for an NFL running back to recover from Sunday game day. Chiropractic can help the body to undo this damage by treating muscle and spinal stress, increase mobility and flexibility and even help with nerve-muscle coordination.
Keeping the body functioning at peak efficiency is part and parcel of being an effective athlete. In the same way that chiropractic can improve performance, it can help to train the body to reduce its potential for injury. When you are more flexible with a greater range of motion, the kind of damage your body suffers during sports is less likely to result in actual injury.
Your spine is the central area of your body where pain is processed. The way your nerves connect to your joints, muscles, ligaments and the like determines the impulses that tell you when something is wrong, which results in the feeling we know as pain. When your spine is out of alignment, it can receive abnormal signals, creating pain where there perhaps should be none. It’s important for an athlete to keep their body systems communicating properly so that when you do feel pain, you know something’s wrong!
If you think that you might benefit from chiropractic, we look forward to helping. Take some time to read about sports chiropractic and give us a call for an appointment today!