If you’re an athlete at any level, you risk injury every time you train, practice, and play. While getting hurt may be a part of sports, there’s no reason why you should suffer from disabling injuries or deal with injuries off the field. And if you’re one of few that actually keep up with self-maintenance, it may not be enough to prevent future injuries and keep your performance level up.
Today, more and more athletes are using Chiropractic care to prevent injuries and increase their performance potential. Chiropractic offers a variety of benefits to athletes and sports professionals of any kind. There’s a reason why roughly 90% of world-class athletes are using it!
What benefits does Chiropractic care offer athletes? Read on to learn 7 reasons why you should introduce a Chiropractor to your sports and athletic routine.
Here are just a few common sports injuries a Chiropractor can treat:
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Ankle Sprain
- Calf Strain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Disc Bulge/Herniations
- Tennis/Golfers Elbow
- Knee Injuries
- Groin Strain
- Hamstring Strain
- Hip Pain
- IT Band Syndrome
- Shoulder/Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Back/Neck Pain
Chiropractors Can Help With the Following:
1. Increase Your Range of Motion
This is done through Chiropractic adjustments and Corrective Exercises/Stretches. When your spine is out of alignment, or if your muscles spasm or cramp up, you can end up with decreased range of motion. Chiropractic adjustments and proper sports rehab can help your body move the way it’s designed to by decreasing pain and improving overall mobility.
2. Fix Imbalances
Believe it or not, but one of the biggest causes of injuries in athletes is Imbalances throughout the body, which is where certain parts of the body are overactive and others are underactive causing stress and asymmetry. These differences result in strength and mobility issues
Chiropractic adjustments will help your body get properly aligned along with receiving soft-tissue work and corrective exercises to fix the muscle dysfunctions. This combination will help you receive the ultimate benefit of a Sports Chiropractic treatment. This will ultimately reduce the risk of injury because this can be an underlying issue of various injuries and will significantly reduce the risk of injury.
3. Helps You Heal Faster
When you get injured playing a sport, your body tends to protect itself by creating muscle spasms and inflammation.
This increases the amount of time it takes for you to fully heal and get back out on the field. Chiropractic care and sports therapy helps facilitate the healing process speeding up the recovery time of your injuries.
4. Decreases Pain
Your spine contains many pain-sensitive tissues like joints, muscles, nerves, and ligaments, so when it’s misaligned, it can cause you a lot of pain.
In a recent study covering the effectiveness of spinal manipulation, researchers found that Chiropractic adjustments help reduce the intensity of acute low back pain better than other medical options.
Although many of the soft-tissue techniques used to break up myofascial adhesions can be a little uncomfortable, the benefits you receive from these techniques are absolutely worth it!
5. Can Enhance Your Athletic Performance
A combination of Chiropractic and Sports Rehab helps athletes achieve a higher level of performance.
By following a comprehensive program for athletes that includes sports therapy and Chiropractic care, an athlete can not only recover faster, but can end up performing better than before.
6. It’s a Drug-Free Treatment Option
For athletes who prefer to avoid prescription medicine or surgery, Chiropractic care is a great non-invasive, drug-free option.
Chiropractic care along with sports therapy can help you recover from injuries without the need for painkillers or any kind of invasive surgery that usually has more negative effects than benefits.
7. Can Treat a Variety of Sports Injuries
Chiropractic care and sports therapy are great for treating injuries from high-impact sports like football, basketball, soccer, and hockey. But it’s also helpful for athletes who play low-impact sports like golf, baseball, tennis, or bowling. It’s essentially an amazing option for all athletes, which is why every professional team in the NFL, NBA, and MLB has at least one team Chiropractor.
Chiropractic Care for Sports Therapy
If you’re an athlete, you want your body and performance to be in peak condition. Chiropractic care can help you deal with sports-related injuries and improve your performance in the long run because it’s based on identifying underlying issues that are causing your injuries or ones that put you at risk of having an injury.
If you’re a runner, triathlete, fitness professional, or sports athlete you MUST have a go-to person to take care of you through your injuries and to make sure you’re in top form. Having a Sports Chiropractor as that person is a GREAT option. Follow us on Facebook and schedule an appointment at our office to get evaluated!