Chiropractic Athletic ImportanceRegular chiropractic improves range of motion. Athletes place intense pressure on their bodies when training, weight-lifting, and playing. This can shift the spine out of alignment affecting movement, along with the rest of the body, generating a high probability of injury. Athletes have to deal with soreness, stiffness, and pain from their basic training regiment. An injury can easily compound the soreness into something more severe. Spinal alignment problems can cause the range of motion to be hindered and limited, inhibiting overall ability. Chiropractic athletics undoes the damage. Once a chiropractic regiment is in place injury prevention kicks in, all the while keeping the athlete moving pain-free.
Pain ReductionAnyone especially the strongest athletes can have an episode of back pain, specifically in the low back. A chiropractor promotes proper alignment and movement of the delicate spine. Chiropractors can recommend treatments both professional and self-care that will reduce all types of back pain short and long-term. Research confirms that a manual spine manipulation is an effective form of pain relief.
Less Need for Pain MedsToo often aches and pain are treated with pain meds, cortisone shots, and other drugs that provide short-term relief. Chiropractic is drug-free. This means athletes are not subject to side effects or dependencies that unfortunately arise from prescription med use. Because of the increasing dependency on opioids, the American College of Physicians has updated their guidelines when it comes to low back pain, a very common reason for opioid prescriptions. Now, those with low back pain are encouraged to utilize various complementary and alternative medicine techniques that include chiropractic spinal manipulation before having to use prescription medication.
Non-invasiveChiropractic is non-surgical and can provide relief from injuries throughout the body. It can even serve as an alternative to surgery/s that would keep athletes on the sidelines because of a long recovery period. Treatments include:
- Electrical muscle stimulation
- Functional dry needling
- Graston Technique
- Active Release Technique
Athletic BenefitsWhether a neighborhood sports league or advanced competitive league athletes need chiropractic specialists for injury treatment to get them back to play. Kids are now traveling at a younger age meaning more practices and tournaments. Kids are also committing to only one sport early on. This is known as specializing. A study by The American Journal of Sports Medicine found that athletes that specialize too early are subject to continued injury/s.
Chiropractic decreases recovery timeNormal wear and tear happens to all of us but can wear down faster especially in an extremely healthy athlete’s body.
- A baseball pitcher uses a consistent repetitive throwing motion.
- A volleyball player jumps, constantly hitting and blocking.
- A skateboarder falls repeatedly, sometimes over one-hundred times trying to land a trick.
Injury RepairEach sport has its own area that is more prone to injury from the stress of the specific sport. According to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine:
- Dancers deal with leg injuries
- Golfers go through shoulder and arm injuries
- Lacrosse players experience knee injuries and muscle strains
Health and WellnessAthletes have to focus on body awareness, health, diet and optimal function. But they also need to be injury prepared through preventive awareness. Think of it as defensive driving. A chiropractor can assist an athlete with:
- Proper diet/nutrition
- Proper training strategies that can become life-long habits
- Body mechanic evaluation
- Gait analysis