If you’re an athlete, you’re either training or competing — or recovering from training or competing — and what you do during those recovery periods, plays a large role in how well you’ll perform the next time you put yourself out there. This is why more and more athletes — professional and amateur — are working with chiropractors during recovery. Here’s how sports chiropractic can help you make the most out of recovery time, so you can perform better at go time.
Sometimes, All It Takes Is a Few Small Adjustments
Regular chiropractic adjustments get your body off to a good start, in terms of recovery. When your spine is properly aligned, your nerves and blood vessels can function freely, without obstacles or irritation. This helps improve performance and prevent injury.
When you’re active, there is always a risk that your body will slip out of alignment while you’re training or competing. Regular chiropractic adjustments ensure that these issues are corrected, so they do not impede your performance or cause more serious problems down the line.
Hitting the Reset Button
Once we experience the stress of competition, we need time to decompress — and the sooner that happens, the better. A chiropractor works with you to determine the best course of action based on your specific needs. Typically, chiropractic adjustments are needed to right any wrongs with regard to alignment, however electric muscle stimulation, massage therapy, and even acupuncture, can help ease muscle stiffness and pain, while releasing toxins and improving blood flow.
Working Through the Pain
We’ve all heard the old saying that you have to work through the pain — however, this is always a personal choice. Sometimes, working through the pain is a bad idea, especially if it exacerbates an existing problem or causes permanent damage. However, minor aches and pains often come with the territory, especially when you’re pushing yourself to the limit.
Whether you’re experiencing pain in your back, neck, shoulder or elsewhere, a chiropractor can help you determine the source of your pain and recommend specific exercises and other treatments to help you manage it.
Strengthening Your Weaknesses
An appointment with your chiropractor is an opportunity to turn your weaknesses into strengths — to identify what’s holding you back, and work toward improvement. Sometimes, when we feel pain, the cause of that pain is not always what it appears to be. For example, if you feel pain in your left hip, it may be overcompensating for a weakness in another part of your body. Chiropractors often understand these issues more fully, because we take a whole-body approach to healing. We work with you to strengthening tissues and muscle, helping you avoid injury, while building strength and endurance.
Getting Down the Proper Technique
There are some sports injuries that happen because we aren’t moving the proper way or we didn’t warm up enough beforehand. Take shin splints, for example. For some people, a simple jog and shin splints go hand-in-hand. However, saying shin splints are caused by running isn’t always the whole story. Sometimes, adjusting the runner’s form or changing to a different shoe alleviates the problem.
Often, the best way to prevent sports injuries is to keep them from happening at all. That’s why many chiropractors spend time educating patients about proper conditioning and proper technique, including how to warm up and cool down to avoid injury.
If you’ve ever wondered how much chiropractic can improve your athletic performance, we encourage you to call us or come in for a consultation. We would be happy to answer your questions and put together a personalized treatment plan that’s right for you.
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.