Being an athlete – whether you do it professionally or for fun – can be extremely enjoyable and rewarding. But it can also put a lot of strain and stress on your body. So what can an athlete do to ease those aches and pains while also getting other sport benefits?
Go to a chiropractor!
You might be under the impression that a chiropractor is simply for neck or back pain. But while chiropractors do help with that, people see chiropractors for a number of reasons – including sport-related reasons.
Chiropractic care is very common in sports medicine and is encouraged before, during, and after an athletic performance. It is estimated that 90 percent of all world-class athletes get chiropractic treatments to prevent injuries and increase their overall performance. All National Football League (NFL) teams use chiropractors in different capacities, and 77 percent of athletic trainers have referred players to a chiropractor for assessment or treatment. Numbers like that prove that chiropractic care has a real value in the sports realm.
So if you are an athlete and wondering if you need chiropractic care, check out how a sports chiropractor can be beneficial for you.
Chiropractic care can increase your performance. Many athletes would do anything to get a leg up on the competition. Well, regular chiropractic care can help to do that naturally! Going to a chiropractor may help athletes to see improved mobility, flexibility, and strength. In one study, national judo athletes showed a 16 percent improvement in grip strength after undergoing only three chiropractic sessions. So imagine what regular sessions could do for you!
When asked about why he sees a chiropractor, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had this to say: “Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better. 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.”
Chiropractic care can keep the body finely tuned. Athletes put their body through rigorous training and physical activity in order to be the best at their sport. Athletes use strength, speed, coordination, and flexibility every day, and over time, their body can feel the effects of that impact, which can hurt their performance.
Since your spine plays a pivotal role in your nervous system, all of your other body systems can suffer if your spine shows signs of imperfections. By getting regular alignments and adjustments, however, athletes can keep their body finely tuned so they are always giving a high quality performance.
Chiropractic care can help treat different sports injuries. Whether your sport is high-impact or low-impact, injuries can happen. And if you’re injured, your main goal should be to heal quickly and properly so you can get back to playing. Getting chiropractic care can increase blood flow and oxygen to the injured area, which promotes a faster healing time. A chiropractor can also help to manipulate the specific joints that are injured, reduce swelling and redness, and relieve pain and discomfort.
On top of treating current sports injuries, chiropractors can also work to prevent future injuries from occurring by explaining the best strategies for proper conditioning, warming up before physical activity and cooling down after you’re done, as well as proper technique.
Chiropractic care is non-invasive and natural. When people are in pain, they often turn to painkillers and other medications. When they are injured, surgery jumps to the top of the treatment list. But why should either of these options be your first choice?
As an athlete, you know that putting chemicals into your body can affect your performance, even if the medication might temporarily relieve your symptoms. And surgery is a big deal. It’s invasive, it can have complications, it can keep you out of commission for a while. Plus, it might not even work. So then you’re back to square one.
A chiropractor, however, has a number of tricks up his or her sleeve to help your performance and injuries naturally and without the need for surgery:
- Spinal adjustments and manipulations
- Electric muscle stimulation
- Massage therapy
- Exercise therapy
- Physical therapy
- Acupuncture therapy
Depending on your specific needs, your chiropractor will evaluate your condition and determine the best course of treatment to help you heal, avoid injuries, and simply perform better at your chosen sport. Chiropractic care by an experienced Florida chiropractor can be just the thing your body needs to excel as an athlete.
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.