Many people choose natural, drug-free health care such as Chiropractic care when they are in need of relief from migraine headaches, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and many other types of everyday problems. But is Chiropractic care an effective choice for athletic injuries as well as preventive care? The fact is a huge percentage of professional and Olympic athletes turn to Chiropractic to treat a whole range of ailments and to say on top of their game.
Because medications tend to simply relieve pain rather treat the cause of the problem, receiving Chiropractic care is a more natural and complete solution for many top athletes. Adjustments carried out by a chiropractor relieve pressure on nearby nerve receptors, which allows the body to heal more quickly, without the aid of chemicals. Resulting in optimum nerve function, which means your body is working at peak performance, helping you to be the best athlete you can be.
The top-notch athletes of the world seek Chiropractic care to ensure that they are in shape and always at the top of their game. Fact is when an athlete is *subluxation-free they find they can react faster, coordinate better, execute fine movements with improved accuracy and precision, amounting to an overall better athlete.
“..lifting weights and seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis has made me a better golfer. I’ve been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.”
– Tiger Woods ~ 14 time PGA Championship Golfer
Common athletic ailments that are often treated through Chiropractic care (As well as Preventive/wellness care):
Circulation issues in the legs/arms
Joint problems in the foot, knee, ankle, shoulder, hand, elbow and wrist
Cervical sprains/strains – includes injuries to the ligaments and/or muscles in the neck, which may result in pain that radiates to the shoulders, back, arms and hands
Fractures and dislocations – these are far more serious and may lead to spinal cord injuries that can produce paralysis
Damage to discs – includes tears, ruptures or hernias
“The team wasn’t just riders. It was the mechanics, masseurs, chefs, soigneurs, and doctors. But the most important man on the team may have been the chiropractor.”
– Lance Armstrong, 7 time Tour de France Champion
Whether it’s during the season or in the off-season, Chiropractic care is becoming the competitive advantage that many athletes are now seeking. Preventive/wellness care is another type of care provided by a chiropractor to allow athletes to reduce the risk of injury while playing sports and help them perform at peak performance. Knowing ahead of time how to properly care for the body can significantly reduce the risk of being hurt or injured while participating in any sport. In fact, many professional sport teams have a chiropractor as part of the regular medical team.
Resource: Schwartzbauer, J., Kolber, J., Schwartzbauer, M., Hart, J., & Zhang, J. (1997) Athletic Performance and Physiological Measures in Baseball Players Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A pilot study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 1(4), 1-7