Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Chiropractic and Sports

Have you ever wondered how top athletes can perform at such a high level over the span of their career? A lot of this ability comes from training, dedication, nutrition and what the athletes do with their body. Most athletes are so in tune with their bodies, they can tell you when something feels wrong or off. For them, they want to be performing at one hundred and twenty percent, one hundred percent of the time, especially before and during any physical performance. As the recognition of chiropractic continues to grow, it has become very prevalent in sports medicine, and is often recognized as an important part in the routines of professional athletes. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to find benefits through chiropractic care – athletes at any level, even recreationally, will benefit from regular chiropractic care.

            Many sports require our bodies to be in high demand and to perform at an optimal level. Any fault or irritation of the nervous system, which happens often in contact sports, can result in a decrease of the ability to operate at one hundred percent. These faults or irritations may not even be noticeable at first, but they’re present and most likely affecting the athlete’s performance. If the issues aren’t addressed, then it is likely that more will present themselves, build on one another, and risk the athlete pushing it too far. For the athlete who spent day after day training, pouring their heart and soul into playing the game – this is their worst nightmare. If you’re an athlete and are reading this, you get it.

 Chiropractic helps reverse the stress placed on the body when playing sports. Many amateur and professional athletes have sworn by their chiropractor and the positive effects they have experienced through their care. These athletes have mentioned that they notice a difference in their awareness, strength, agility and flexibility. Tom Brady, Quarterback for the New England Patriots, has been on record saying “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.” I know football has a lot of notoriety and is a high-contact sport - but chiropractic has made a name for itself in more leisure sports, such as golf, as well. One of the youngest winners of the Masters Tournament, Jordan Spieth, mentioned his chiropractor in his acceptance speech of the green jacket. Chiropractic is essential in keeping athletes across the board, all the way from football to golf, performing at their absolute best.

            Chiropractic, along with regular maintenance and preventative care (we’ll get to that later), helps greatly with injuries sustained from sports. As mentioned before, Chiropractic can help improve your mobility, flexibility and more, but it also helps to shorten the healing time of these athletes when they do become injured. Ask any athlete – after recovering from an injury, they’re more than eager to get back into the game and compete with their teammates. When an injury occurs, immediate chiropractic care can help to keep the nervous system free of irritation and regulate blood flow, allowing the body to coordinate the healing process faster and more efficiently. Many of these injuries come in the form of headaches, joint pains and sprains, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be a contact sport – it can just be a sport that puts unbalanced forces on the body, like golf and bowling to name a few.

            Chiropractic is also great in preventative care. When you’re performing at your best, you’ll notice that you can focus better and be more aware in every situation. Your coordination will be functioning at an optimal level, resulting in better form, better stress absorption, and better distribution of focus – just better everything. The power of the athlete is distributed safely, in a manner that doesn’t exceed what the athletes body can handle, which plays into the pain that is so often felt in athletes that they push through to continue playing. Pain is the body’s indicator that something isn’t working properly. Chiropractic is specially tuned to find any misalignments in the spine that are causing the body to malfunction, so to speak, and can return the body to a state of proper functionality; ultimately reducing the pain and helping the athlete to avoid a potential serious or career ending injury.

Do you play a sport? Any sport, at any level, is still a sport and holds the same risk of injury that we see in professional sports. Some could make the argument that those outside of professional sports can be at a higher risk of injury than those professionally. To be honest, the argument doesn’t matter – there is the same risk of injury simply just from playing the sport. Chiropractic care, utilized preventatively, reduces the risk of you getting injured and causing interruptions in your daily life – missing work, school, or special life events.  By keeping your body properly aligned and operating as the fine-tuned machine that it is, it lowers your risk of injury. If you do sustain an injury, Chiropractic will be there to help reverse the damage resulting from the injury. By seeing a Chiropractor, sooner rather than later, you will be back to doing what you love in a shorter amount of time than those who haven’t sought chiropractic care. Even if you are new to Chiropractic, you will notice a drastic decrease in recovery time from an injury compared to recovery without Chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive and drug-free approach to providing relief to the body as a whole. It benefits in preventative care are astronomical in keeping the body performing and functioning at its optimal level.