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Whether you are a top professional athlete, a talented amateur or a sports enthusiast, chiropractic care improves performance and is effective for preventing and managing sports injuries. People of every age level can benefit from chiropractic care. Whether you are playing football, tennis, golf, running, biking, participating in a triathlon or just goofing around outside, all physical activity can lead to injury, inflammation or discomfort. Some of the top athletic professionals including Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, Tom Brady and Evander Holyfield receive chiropractic treatment, as part of their professional regimen.

Prevention of Sports Injuries through Chiropractic Care

Managing Sports Injuries

Routine exercise is a key component to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but with physical activity comes injuries. Some athletes are taken out of the game due to a sports injury that could have been avoided and others take themselves out because they believe there is no other option. Painkillers and medicine hide the problems, but chiropractic treatment provides a natural approach to heal sports injuries. Chiropractors perform adjustments to restore proper spinal alignment and offer physical therapy exercises to focus on the injured area’s muscles, tissues and ligaments. Chiropractic treatment focuses on the whole body, which helps return injured players faster. Typical sports injuries chiropractors treat include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains (pulled muscles)
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Joints ( Shoulder, hand, wrist, hip, knee, foot, elbow, etc.)

Prevention of Sports Injuries

Regular chiropractic care helps heal sports injuries, but it can also help lower the risk of injuries. You don’t have to be a top athlete to be at risk for injuries. People of every age can benefit from regular chiropractic treatment. Receiving chiropractic treatment before participating in sports prepares the body for physical activity. Adjustments and stretching maintain proper alignment, allowing the highest level and efficiency of performance. Post-sports treatment with chiropractic is also beneficial in preventing injuries.

Atheletic Performance through Chiropractic CarePerformance

The nervous system is the control unit of the body and if there are any disruptions, the body is not able to perform normal communication and function. Chiropractic care can improve athletic performance up to 16.7% according to a study in the Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation in 1991. Physical fitness is beneficial to health, but the rigor and impact is hard on the body and could lead to subluxation in the spine. Subluxation and misalignment put pressure on the nerves and spine and inhibits optimum functioning. Regular chiropractic care removes pressure and irritation on the nervous system, allowing the body to run more efficiently.

Chiropractic specializes in the art of adjusting your spine to normalize neuromusculskeletal function and promotes proper balance, coordination, flexibility and spinal range of motion. Regular spinal adjustments maintain and restore proper function, which optimizes the body’s range of movement and flexibility. If there are disruptions to the proper alignment, chiropractors can realign the spine and can improve range of movement quickly following treatments. For this reason, many professional sports teams have chiropractors available to treat the athletes before and after participating in sports.

Chiropractic Care for Athletes